An illegitimate offside flag on Sunday saved Barcelona from going down to Real Sociedad at the Anoeta stadium -a ground Barca have not won in ten years while Real Madrid were made to sweat against Sporting Gijon as they survived Duje Cop’s missed penalty in a narrow 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona
Luis Enrique's men fell six points off the pace in La Liga on Sunday after they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad, who had a perfectly-legitimate goal overruled by an offside flag.
Willian José's 53rd minute strike gave the home side a derserved lead before Lionel Messi leveled scores following an impressive interchanging one two passes with Neymar six minutes later.
Next up for Luis Enrique's men is a Copa del Rey tie away to Hércules on Wednesday. Sociedad play away to Real Valladolid in the Cup tie on Thursday.
Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting
Cristiano Ronaldo gave a glimpse of what to expect from him in next weekend's El-Clasico as he scored the two goals for Real Madrid in their 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon.
Ronaldo who failed to score on his return to his boyhood club last Tuesday in the Champions League scored in the 5th and 18th minutes before the visitors reduced the deficit ten minutes from the half time mark.
Duje Cop’s missed penalty that could have levelled proceedings ensured Zinedine Zidane's men went away with all three points to go six points clear at the top of the La Liga table.
The Galacticos will now shif attenton to the Copa del Rey home game against Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday before heading to Camp Nou the El Classico on Saturday.
In other results, Atletico Madrid won 3-0 away at Osasuna thanks to goals from Diego Godin, Gameiro and Carrasco while Villarreal suffered a 2-0 home defeat in the hands of Deportivo Alaves.
Sevilla edged Valencia 2-1 to keep pace with second placed Barcelona with Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna playing out a seven goals thriller that ended in favor of Malaga.