Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid claimed a comfortable 3-0 Primera Division win over Almeria on Saturday.
Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a controversial penalty before Griezmann's brace ensured the game was over as a contest inside the first half-hour.
Guilherme Siqueira was sent off in stoppage time for the Rojiblancos but it made little difference as they took advantage of Barcelona's defeat to Malaga to move within three points of the second-placed Catalans.
Sergio Canales salvaged a point for David Moyes' Real Sociedad against Primera Division relegation rivals Almeria on Friday night.
With just a point separating the sides going into the game, Sociedad got off to a bad start when Jose Antonio Verza put Almeria in front from the spot after five minutes at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos.
Imanol Agirretxe equalised with an unorthodox backwards header, before Tomer Hemed put Almeria in front again, but Sociedad were not to be undone and Canales...
Two quick-fire goals from Michel Macedo saw Almeria come from behind to win a relegation six-pointer at Cordoba 2-1.
Fede Cartabia's free-kick had given the hosts the lead after 10 minutes but defender Macedo equalised just after the hour mark and four minutes later combined again with Arsenal loanee Welington Silva to head in the winner.
Almeria have now won back-to-back games and move further away from the relegation zone and on to 22 points, sending Cordoba back into the bottom three.