Since the last round of La Liga games the calendar year has ticked into 2013, but it is the patterns from 2012 that still remain poignant.
Barcelona cantered to a 4-0 home win in the Catalan Derby, nearest rivals Atletico Madrid dropped points at Mallorca and Real Madrid won an action-packed match against Real Sociedad 4-3.
Domingos Paciencia got off to a winning start in Galicia. His Deportivo La Coruna side impressively beat Malaga 1-0, with relegation rivals Osasuna and Granada both losing.
But who were the main men for the team whom end the weekend with smiles on their faces?