Goal.com looks ahead to jornada 24 of the Primera Division...
The champions were held to a 1-1 draw against a resilient Sporting side, while Real Madrid, despite going down to 10 men early in the contest when Iker Casillas was dismissed, ground out an impressive 1-0 win at Espanyol.
The gap is reduced to five points at the top, and both face home encounters after which the difference is unlikely to alter; Madrid defeated Levante to close the gap to two points as they wait but Barca restored their lead at the top by edging Athletic Bilbao 2-1.
In Saturday's late game, Atletico Madrid ended a run of four straight league defeats with a win at Zaragoza.
Elsewhere in Spain, Valencia extended their unbeaten run at home to Sporting, drawing 0-0, and Villarreal could only draw struggling Malaga.
Previews, reports, ratings, and editorials for Jornada twenty-four - everything you need to follow the matches of your choice below:
|Valencia 0-0 Sporting||02/19/11 17:00 GMT|
|Real Madrid 2-0 Levante||02/19/11 19:00 GMT|
|Zaragoza 0-1 Atletico Madrid||02/19/11 21:00 GMT|
|Getafe 0-1 Racing||02/20/11 16:00 GMT|
|Almeria 1-1 Deportivo||02/20/11 16:00 GMT|
|Villarreal 1-1 Malaga||02/20/11 16:00 GMT|
|Osasuna 4-0 Espanyol||02/20/11 16:00 GMT|
|Sevilla 1-0 Hercules||02/20/11 18:00 GMT|
|Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao||02/20/11 20:00 GMT|
|Real Sociedad - Mallorca||02/21/11 20:00 GMT|
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