Real Madrid missed the chance to catch Barcelona at the the top of the Primera Division table by failing to beat Osasuna in a goalless draw.
Requiring victory in Pamplona to go above their Catalan rivals Barca on goal difference, the visitors were limited to long-range efforts in a poor first half.
Madrid had a penalty appealswaved away in first-half stoppage time after Cristiano Ronaldo theatrically went to ground (that's code for dived like a swan) while attempting to make space for himself on the edge of the box.
Mallorca 2-0 Athletic Bilbao
Mallorca preserved their unblemished home record with a fine 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and moved up to fourth place in the table after 16 rounds of the championship.
The visitors proved hard to break down in a goalless first half, but Mallorca took control in the second period, running out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Julio Alvarez and Aritz Aduriz.
A tasty win and good payout again for the spreadsheet ;-)
Spanish Primera Top Six
Team Pl W D L Fr Ag Pts
Barcelona 16 12-4-0 37:10 40
Real Madrid 16 12-2-2 40:13 38
Valencia 16 9-5-2 28:16 32
Mallorca 16 9-3-4 30:18 30
Sevilla 16 9-3-4 27:15 30
Deportivo 16 8-4-4 19:16 28