No time to rest. Round 11 of La Liga came to a close on Thursday night and the next matchday gets underway on Friday as Barcelona face Espanyol in the Catalan derby at Camp Nou.
Barca beat Celta Vigo 3-0 on Tuesday, while Real Madrid thrashed Sevilla 7-3 a day later and second-placed Atletico claimed yet another victory as Diego Simeone's side claimed a hard-fought 2-1 success at Granada.
There were also wins for Almeria, Osasuna and Getafe in the 11th round of the Primera Division. Here, Goal look at the standout performers from the latest action in La Liga.
In goal, Levante's Keylor Navas frustrated Betis at the Benito Villamarin and saved a penalty not once but twice after the spot kick was ordered to be retaken by the referee.
At the back, Almeria's Marco Torsiglieri was superb in the Andalusians' 2-1 win at Valencia and scored one of the goals in his side's memorable Mestalla victory. Elsewhere, Dani Alves shone for Barcelona in the Catalans' 3-0 success in Vigo, while Joan Oriol was on great form as Osasuna beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1.
Gareth Bale finally showed what he is capable of with two goals and two assists in Madrid's 7-3 win, while Cesc Fabregas scored one and was unlucky not to get another as his superb strike from outside the area rebounded off the crossbar, onto goalkeeper Yoel and in to be credited as an own goal by the Celta man. Roberto Torres was outstanding with a goal and an assist for Osasuna, while Manuel Iturra impressed for Granada despite ending up on the losing side at home to Atletico.
Further forward, Cristiano Ronaldo responded to the mockery of Fifa president Sepp Blatter by hitting a hat-trick in Madrid's 7-3 success, which also saw Karim Benzema back to his brilliant best with a double, some exquisite link-up play and two assists. Antoine Griezmann completes the XI after continuing his fine form with a double in the 2-2 draw at Valladolid.