Villarreal marched on with a third straight win in La Liga Week 21, while Malaga showed more signs of life under new boss Jose Gonzalez.
Kicking off the weekend was a Basque derby between Athletic Bilbao and Eibar on Friday, but two rivals were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Aritz Aduriz’s eighth League goal of the season gave Athletic the lead early in the second half, yet they would be held for the third match running after Kike Garcia’s equaliser.
The following day, Levante came back from 2-0 down to leave Deportivo La Coruna with a point.
Adrian Lopez and Florian Andone appeared to have ended Depor’s six-game wait for a win, but Levante arrested a run of three straight defeats thanks to a double-goal salvo from Ivi Lopez in the final 10 minutes.
Malaga, meanwhile, recorded their second draw under Gonzalez, their 10 men keeping Girona to a stalemate.
Chory Castro’s second yellow card left Malaga a player light for the last 12 minutes at La Rosaleda, but they showed enough resolve to move themselves within six points of safety.
Finally, Villarreal proved there was plenty of life after Cedric Bakambu, courtesy of a 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad.
A barnstorming opening 20 minutes saw Victor Ruiz, Pablo Fornals and Carlos Bacca put Villarreal three to the good, before Diego Llorente pulled one back for La Real.
Nonetheless, Eusebio Sacristan’s side fell to their fourth straight defeat as Samu Castillejo hit back 10 minutes before half-time, despite Willian Jose’s consolation on the hour mark.