Pablo Fornals' injury-time equaliser kept the relegation heat on Valencia as Malaga rescued a 2-2 draw at the Mestalla.
Barcelona were held 1-1 by lowly Hercules in their Copa del Rey last 32, first-leg match while Atletico won 6-0 at Guijuelo.
In his latest column, Guillem Balague compares the recent form of Real Madrid and Barcelona ahead of Saturday's El Clasico.
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Michael Santos scored twice for Malaga in a thrilling 4-3 win over struggling Deportivo La Coruna.
Barcelona dropped crucial points in the race for the La Liga title on Saturday after being held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by nine-man Malaga at the Nou Camp.
Look back at our coverage as Barcelona were held by nine-man Malaga in the absence of Lionel Messi.
Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro struck twice as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga 4-2 in a La Liga clash that saw both sides finish with 10 men.
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