Atletico Madrid couldn't close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona after stumbling to a 0-0 stalemate against Villarreal on Sunday, following Real Madrid's example following their draw at Malaga earlier in the day.
Manager Gary Neville's Valencia bagged their third win in three games on Sunday after an injury-time strike from Santi Mina helped steer them to a 2-1 win at Granada.
Real missed their chance to tighten the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona after running to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Malaga, where goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo missed the chance to win the game from the penalty spot.
Elsewhere, Jonathas scored the only goal as Real Sociedad topped Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the Basque derby to tie up a third win in succession for La Real.
Read on for a roundup of the Primera Division's Week 25 results and the latest La Liga title odds.
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Atletico Madrid and Villarreal couldn't be pulled apart across 90 minutes as two teams better known for their tight defences battled to a 0-0 stalemate at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday evening.
However, it was far from a clash worth remembering as the two combatants nullified one another, and Bleacher Report's Rik Sharma highlighted the downside of watching a team exemplified by its defence:
I like Atletico doing well but god their games have been horrible to watch this season— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) February 21, 2016
Per WhoScored.com, manager Diego Simeone's hosts enjoyed twice the amount of shots on goal as Villarreal, but visiting goalkeeper Alphonse Areola succeeded in keeping the clean sheet as Villarreal picked up a valuable point.
Spanish Football Pod commented on the lack of forward-thinking shown by the two teams, perhaps hoping to have seen Villarreal chase the three points more:
Villarreal are the only team apart from Barcelona to win a league game at the Calderon in nearly 3 years. Tonight they're set up not to lose— Spanish Football Pod (@tsf_podcast) February 21, 2016
Following up wins over Espanyol and Rapid Vienna with a third triumph at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, Valencia rode through a storm of pressure to emerge as 2-1 victors at Granada.
After a goalless first half, Dani Parejo pounced to open the scoring 10 minutes into the second period, and Sky Sports La Liga posted footage of his well-timed half-volley:
It took Mina until the 90th minute to double Los Che's advantage before winger Edgar Mendez added a consolatory strike three minutes later.
Valencia were somewhat fortunate to weather Granada's torrent of pressure in the second half, and WhoScored.com showed it was the hosts who dominated the shot count 15 to 10. However, Yahoo's Andrew Gaffney noted the team was merely making up for lost time:
3 victories in a row for Valencia now. Great to see them move away from the relegation zone, a place they shouldn't have been in anyway.— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 21, 2016
Earlier in the day, Real Madrid missed their mark after Raul Albentosa struck in the second period to cancel out Ronaldo's opener, and Los Blancos' talisman also failed to win the tie from the 12-yard spot.
Ronaldo headed Real in front, but Malaga stopper Carlos Kameni was equal to the Portuguese's penalty attempt just minutes later before centre-back Albentosa thundered in a second-half equaliser. Andy West highlighted Los Merengues' Andalusian struggles this term:
Real Madrid have not enjoyed Andalusia this season. Lost v Sevilla; drew v Betis & Malaga; lucky win v Granada; chucked out of Copa v Cadiz.— Andy West (@andywest01) February 21, 2016
Spanish daily Sport summarised that this draw meant the Spanish title was no longer in Real's sights, with Barcelona now nine points ahead of manager Zinedine Zidane's side with 13 matches remaining.
Valencia weren't the only travelling outfit to triumph in foreign territory on Sunday, however, as Real Sociedad beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the Basque derby thanks to a first-half goal from Jonathas. The striker found space on the edge of Athletic's area before rasping a terrific effort past Gorka Iraizoz and lifting La Real up to ninth in La Liga as a result.
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC outlined their rise through the Spanish rankings since David Moyes was relieved of his duties as manager:
Real Sociedad only two points off bottom when Moyes sacked in November - now won last four on bounce, into top half and Europa League hunt.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) February 21, 2016
After they let a 2-0 lead escape their grasp to draw 2-2, Sevilla were found wanting in their trip to Rayo Vallecano, where Manucho and Miku netted to rescue a point for the home outfit.
Steven Nzonzi and Vicente Iborra put Sevilla two goals in front before 20 minutes had passed in Madrid, but standards dropped as manager Unai Emery's men conceded twice and missed their chance to climb closer to the top four.