Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid continued their indifferent form this season under Zinedine Zidane following the latest setback which was a 2-2 draw at lowly Levante.
The Los Merengues twice went ahead through captain Sergio Ramos and substitute Isco either side of halftime and were twice pegged back by Emmanuel Boateng and Giampaolo Pazzini in the first and second half respectively.
The draw means Barcelona could stretch their lead to a whooping 21 points if they beat Catalan rivals Espanyol on Sunday.
10-man Villareal had earlier failed to usurp Madrid into fourth place after they were beaten 2-1 at Real Betis courtesy a brace from Loren Moron.
The Yellow Submarines, in fifth place, had Daniele Bonera sent off but still managed to get a consolation goal late in the game through a Carlos Bacca penalty.
Sevilla are further back in sixth place in the race for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) next season after they were thrashed 5-1 at Eibar with former Celta Vigo star Fabio Orellana getting two goals.
Eibar moved into eighth place as a result of the victory as the race for Europe hots up.
Alaves also dented Vigo’s European qualification hopes with a 2-1 home win via goals from Alberto Pedraga and Munir El Haddadi while Iago Aspas got the solitary goal for the away side.