La Liga Round Up
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Catalan giants have been in sensational domestic form recently but could not find the back of the net against their opponents to make it ten league wins in a row.
Their best chance of the first half fell to Javier Saviola but the Argentine striker could only glance his header against the post from a couple of yards out.
The visitors also rattled the frame of the goal just before the break from Roger's free-kick.
The second half saw Barcelona push hard for a goal but their attacking play lacked the final touch to see them cut open the visitors.
Patrick Kluivert came off the bench to try and help his team-mates and the Dutchman thought he had given them the lead until his tap-in was ruled out for offside.
Villarreal could have stolen the points late on but Sonny Anderson was denied by Victor Valdes in the home goal.
Real Madrid had luck on their side as they extended their lead at the top of the table with victory over Albacete.
Carlos Queiroz's side needed two deflected goals to give them a 2-1 win against their opponents, a result that pushes them further ahead of nearest rivals Valencia.
Roberto Carlos opened the scoring midway through the first half as his left-footed free kick cannoned off the defensive wall to leave keeper Manuel Almunia wrong footed.
David Beckham, fit to play after missing England's friendly against Sweden in midweek, went close to doubling their advantage but Almunia did well to claw away his curling effort.
The custodian also had to be at his best to stop Ronaldo's volley as Real went in search of a second goal.
Albacete pushed hard to find a way back into the game but cruelly fell further behind on 71 minutes.
Roberto Carlos was once again involved as his long-range free kick inadvertently struck Figo on the chest and went into the net.
However the hosts refused to be beaten and gave themselves a late lifeline when Libero Parri's right foot shot from 20 yaards sneaked beyond the efforts of Real keeper Iker Casillas.
Espanyol's hopes of maintaining their top flight status suffered a blow as they lost 1-0 away at Sevilla.
Antonito's strike on 51 minutes proved to be the only goal of the game as manager Joaquin Caparros (pictured) looks to sneak his side into a Uefa Cup spot.
The win pushes Sevilla up two places to ninth in the table leaving them only three points off the sixth place that would give them European football next season.
A win would have taken Espanyol out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.