Villarreal picked up a point on Wednesday after it was held to a scoreless draw at Celta Vigo. Celta threw everything they had at a Villarreal side that hasn’t allowed a goal in six matches.
While Villarreal retained its Champions League berth, Celta fell to sixth place as Sevilla beat Eibar 1-0 to move up to fifth with 44 points, two more than the Vigo club.
Seventh-placed Athletic Club Bilbao continued its winning ways, thumping Deportivo de la Coruna 4-1 on a hat-trick from Aritz Aduriz.
Valencia, smarting from last weekend’s home loss to Athletic, found joy on the road on Wednesday against Malaga, winning 2-1.
The 27th round wraps up Thursday with league leader Barcelona at Rayo Vallecano, Granada hosting Sporting and Betis visiting Espanyol.