Diego Costa scored his La Liga-best ninth and 10th goals of the season to give Atletico Madrid a 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday, extending their club record with an eighth straight win to start the domestic campaign.
The win at Vicente Calderon Stadium kept Atletico level on points with Barcelona at the top of the table and five points ahead of Real Madrid after both rivals won Saturday.
Diego Costa made up for a missed penalty by tapping in Filipe Luis' cross three minutes before half-time and he added another goal with a move that combined finesse and power in the 62nd.
His double gave him two more goals than Barcelona's injured Lionel Messi and three more than Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Celta substitute Manuel "Nolito" Agudo halved the deficit in the 71st minute and the forward threatened to grab the equaliser late, but a tiring Atletico held on to the three points.
Elsewhere Sunday, Valencia drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao.
Valencia went in front through Ever Banega's 43rd-minute penalty after Sofiane Feghouli was fouled in the box by Aymeric Laporte, but Bilbao's Mikel Rico equalised in the 76th to leave both teams four points behind fourth-place Villarreal.
Ivan Rakitic headed in Marko Marin's short cross in injury time to give Sevilla a dramatic 2-1 win over last-place Almeria, who remained the only winless team in the first division.
Getafe eased to their third win in a row, 3-1 against visitors Real Betis, thanks to Pedro Leon's two goals and a third from Adrian Colunga.
Leon caught Betis goalie Guillermo Sara off his line expecting a cross from his free kick, with the attacking midfielder instead lobbing the ball over the keeper and into the net to open the scoring before he headed in a second goal.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.