Barcelona will have to wait a bit longer before being confirmed Primera Division champions after Real Madrid destroyed nine-man Malaga 6-2 in their penultimate game at the Bernabeu.
The hosts got off to the perfect start when Raul Albiol gave them the lead after just two minutes, but Roque Santa Cruz levelled with a quarter of an hour gone.
Sergio Sanchez made his side's task a whole lot harder by getting himself sent off midway through the first half, and Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil took advantage of the man advantage by extending Madrid's lead.
Vitorino Antunes pulled a goal back for the visitors but Karim Benzema restored the two-goal advantage before the break, before Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria got involved in the scoring in the second half, while Malaga were further weakened when Martin Demichelis was shown a second yellow card late on.
Atletico Madrid assured themselves of a top-three finish in the Primera Division and an automatic berth in the Champions League after seeing off relegation-haunted Celta Vigo 3-1.
Celta marginally edged a goalless first half but it was Atletico who took control with goals from Diego Costa and Juanfran Torres after the break.
The home side pulled a goal back with six minutes to go through Augusto Fernandez but Atletico star Radamel Falcao ended any further hopes of a fightback as he made it 3-1 two minutes later to complete the scoring.
The result means Atletico now cannot be caught by fourth-placed Real Sociedad, who are 14 points behind with only four games left.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report