Atlético Madrid came back twice to beat leaders Barcelona 4-3 in a thrilling match on Sunday evening. Henry and Messi put the visitors two up early on, but Forlán got one back soon afterwards and Agüero equalised after the break. Henry restored the lead, but a Forlán penalty and a late strike from Agüero won it for the locals. It was a fourth match without a win for Pep Guardiola's side, who have dropped eight points on Real Madrid in the last three weeks.
Atlético move up to fifth, three points behind Villarreal who drew 2-2 at Betis. Cazorla scored twice for the visitors, the first with a shot which took a deflection off a defender and the second after Mati Fernández and Rossi combined to set him up. But Sergio García got one back just before the break, and Oliveira made it all square soon after the restart to save a point which keeps the Andalusians two above the drop zone.
Valencia drop down to sixth though after losing 1-2 against Valladolid. Jonathan Sesma headed the visitors in to an early lead, and they went two up when Raúl Albiol turned Sesma's cross in to his own net. Marchena reduced the gap with a header from a corner after the break, but they could do no more despite playing against ten men for the last few minutes after Pedro López was sent off.
Málaga missed out on a chance to make it back up to the UEFA Cup spots after a 0-2 defeat against local rivals Recreativo. The turning point came when Lolo was sent off for elbowing Jesús Vázquez before the break, and Camuñas and Adrián Colunga combined to score a goal apiece after the restart.
Four teams are level on 39 points though, with Deportivo moving above Málaga to seventh after a 0-1 win at bottom club Numancia. Lassad hit the post early on for the Galicians, and Juan Rodríguez won it with an angled shot after picking up Lafita's pass with a quarter of an hour to go.
Almería moved up in to the top half of the table after a 2-1 victory over Getafe. Both sides started the game level on points, and Guerrón put the visitors ahead early on after Soldado's header came back off the bar. Negredo equalised a few minutes later though, and the striker got his second of the game to win it after the break.
Osasuna's revival continued, and they made it six games without defeat after drawing 1-1 at Racing Santander. The Cantabrians took the lead when Oscar Serrano beat Roberto from a wide angle early on, the first goal the keeper has let in in four games. But Pandiani headed the equaliser on the stroke of half time to save a point.
Camacho's side drop back in to the relegation zone though after Mallorca beat Sporting Gijón 0-1. Varela hit the bar with a long shot before the break, and four minutes after the restart Arango struck the winner from a free kick to take his side level with the Asturians in the table. (01.03.09)
Real Madrid moved to within four points of Barcelona pending their game on Sunday after a 0-2 victory at Espanyol. Both goals came midway through the second half, Guti beating Kameni with a free kick just minutes after coming on as substitute, and Raúl adding the second after running on to Marcelo's cross. It was Juande Ramos's side's tenth win in a row in the league, and the result leaves their opponents further down in the drop zone.
Third placed Sevilla stayed nine points behind Madrid after a 1-2 win over Athletic Bilbao earlier in the evening. In a rehearsal for next Wednesday's cup semi-final, Gabilondo put the Basque side ahead in the first half. But two well taken goals by Kanouté either side of half time gave the Andalusians the three points (28.02.09)