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La Liga: Lionel Messi's double edges Barcelona  to 4-2 win over Valencia at Camp Nou in thriller

La Liga: Lionel Messi's double edges Barcelona to 4-2 win over Valencia at Camp Nou in thriller

Messi had already had an effort cleared off the line, whilst Mats-Andre ter Stegen made a stunning save from Carlos Soler at the other end before an action packed final 15 minutes of the first-half saw four goals and a red card.

La Liga: Sergio Ramos strikes again as Real Madrid prosper from Barca hangover to defeat Real Betis

La Liga: Sergio Ramos strikes again as Real Madrid prosper from Barca hangover to defeat Real Betis

However, Madrid`s win was mired in controversy as goalkeeper Keylor Navas was extremely lucky to avoid an early red card before making a brilliant stoppage time save to deny Antonio Sanabria.

LA Liga: Deportivo stun Barcelona with a 2-1 win

LA Liga: Deportivo stun Barcelona with a 2-1 win

Barca's defeat means Real Madrid can go top of La Liga with victory over Real Betis later on Sunday. 

La Liga: Sevilla's title hopes dented, Griezmann hits Atletico winner

La Liga: Sevilla's title hopes dented, Griezmann hits Atletico winner

Stevan Jovetic levelled for Sevilla just before half-time, but it was Leganes who had the better chances in the second half to take all three points.

Champions League: Barcelona believe in PSG 'miracle' mission in round 16 clash

Champions League: Barcelona believe in PSG 'miracle' mission in round 16 clash

Despite the news that Luis Enrique will no longer be their coach next season, Barca showed no negative effects as Lionel Messi led a 5-0 destruction of Celta Vigo in arguably the club's best performance of the season.

La Liga: Antoine Griezmann double eases Atletico Madrid past Valencia 3-0

La Liga: Antoine Griezmann double eases Atletico Madrid past Valencia 3-0

It was a crucial victory for Atletico, who lost to Barcelona last weekend and suffered a disappointing 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna on Thursday.

La Liga: Lionel Messi shines as Barcelona crush Celta Vigo 5-0; Real Madrid thrash Eibar 4-1

La Liga: Lionel Messi shines as Barcelona crush Celta Vigo 5-0; Real Madrid thrash Eibar 4-1

An inspired performance by Messi on Saturday raised Barca hopes of a miraculous Champions League fightback from 4-0 down against Paris Saint-Germain next Wednesday.

Champions League Preview: Barca hoping for a miracle against PSG in the second leg after a 4 nil first leg defeat

Champions League Preview: Barca hoping for a miracle against PSG in the second leg after a 4 nil first leg defeat

No side in Champions League history has ever come back from four goals down, but Barca hopes were raised by the sensational form of Lionel Messi in Saturday's 5-0 rout of Celta Vigo

La Liga Report: Karim Benzema puts Ronaldo-less Real Madrid back on top with a win against Eibar

La Liga Report: Karim Benzema puts Ronaldo-less Real Madrid back on top with a win against Eibar

Despite the absence of Ronaldo and Bale through injury and suspension respectively, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane rested a host of other first-team regulars ahead of Tuesday`s Champions League last 16, return leg away to Napoli.

La Liga: Real Madrid to miss Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale in crucial Eibar clash

La Liga: Real Madrid to miss Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale in crucial Eibar clash

In a list of players for the game published on the club website, Ronaldo was an absentee as was Welsh star Gareth Bale who has been banned for two matches following his red card against Las Palmas.

La Liga: Sevilla maintain chase of Barcelona, Real Madrid

La Liga: Sevilla maintain chase of Barcelona, Real Madrid

Sevilla remain third, just a point behind Real Madrid, who also have a game in hand on their title rivals.

WATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres suffers sickening head injury

WATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres suffers sickening head injury

The former Liverpool and Chelsea player crashed heavily to the turf, with his head slamming into the ground.

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo's late brace rescues 3-3 draw for 10-man Real Madrid against Las Palmas

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo's late brace rescues 3-3 draw for 10-man Real Madrid against Las Palmas

Madrid are now on the longest scoring streak ever by a La Liga side, thus beating the previous record held by Barcelona at 44 games, will now lock horns with Eibar on March 4.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique confirms he will leave club at end of season

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique confirms he will leave club at end of season

Luis Enrique highlighted the pressures of the top at the Camp Nou as his reason to step down as his contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

La Liga: Lionel Messi leads rout as Barcelona thrash Sporting Gijon 6-1 to move above Real Madrid

La Liga: Lionel Messi leads rout as Barcelona thrash Sporting Gijon 6-1 to move above Real Madrid

It was the talent of the "MSN" front three allied to some awful Sporting defending that ensured an easy night for Barca despite some defensive problems of their own.

Real Madrid leading La Liga standings because of performances, not referees: Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid leading La Liga standings because of performances, not referees: Zinedine Zidane

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique meanwhile wrote on Twitter that Real had earned eight extra points this campaign due to dubious refereeing decisions.

Sergio Ramos rubbishes Gerard Pique's 'refereeing preference' comments over Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos rubbishes Gerard Pique's 'refereeing preference' comments over Real Madrid

Real next host Las Palmas while Barca, a point behind in second place, are at home to Sporting.

La Liga: Real Madrid stage come-from-behind win against Villarreal; Lionel Messi nets winner vs Atletico Madrid

La Liga: Real Madrid stage come-from-behind win against Villarreal; Lionel Messi nets winner vs Atletico Madrid

Villarreal had enjoyed the better of the opening hour, but were swamped by wave upon wave of Real attack for the final 30 minutes.

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Diego Simeone says Barca are still the best team

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Diego Simeone says Barca are still the best team

A poor opening first 45 minutes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie cost Atletico dear as wonder goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi put Barca well on their way to a 3-2 aggregate win

Barcelona looking forward to resurrect against Atletico Madrid

Barcelona looking forward to resurrect against Atletico Madrid

Atletico handed Barcelona a scare earlier this month in the King's Cup semi-finals when they drew 1-1 in the second leg at the Camp Nou, although Barca reached the final 3-2 on aggregate