Raul De Tomas scored a hat-trick as Rayo Vallecano boosted their La Liga survival hopes with a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo
Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele scored as Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 2-0 to reach the winter break with a three-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Leganes survived a late Celta Vigo onslaught to earn a point in a goalless LaLiga draw.
The latest from the back pages of the European newspapers, including updates on Aaron Ramsey, Alvaro Morata, Manolo Gabbiadini and Nicolas Pepe.
Barcelona moved three points clear at the top of La Liga following an impressive 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol.
Denis Suarez struck twice for Copa del Rey holders Barcelona as they thrashed Cultural Leonesa 4-1 on Wednesday to progress to the last 16 5-1 on aggregate.
Iago Aspas scored twice as Celta Vigo got back on track in La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Huesca.
Santiago Solari strengthened his case to land the Real Madrid job permanently after leading them to a 4-2 win at Celta Vigo.
The January transfer window is just three weeks away meaning clubs across Europe are hastily trying to put the finishing touches to deals.
Alaves missed the chance to go second in La Liga after conceding an injury-time goal in a fiery 2-1 defeat to Basque rivals Eibar.
Sevilla and Alaves moved level on points with Atletico Madrid - and one point behind leaders Barcelona - in La Liga after fighting back for victories.
Atletico Madrid bounced back from their worst defeat under coach Diego Simeone by beating Real Sociedad 2-0.
Sevilla took advantage of Barcelona dropping points to move top of La Liga with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Celta Vigo.
Valencia are still searching for their first win of the season after Iago Aspas struck eight minutes from time to rescue a 1-1 draw for Celta Vigo.
Former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi's injury-plagued career has taken another negative turn with a positive doping test.
Thomas Lemar grabbed his first La Liga goal to help Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win at Getafe.
Ten-man Atletico Madrid suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo on Saturday.
Antonio Mohamed enjoyed his first win as Celta Vigo coach as a virtuoso display from Pione Sisto helped them to a 2-1 victory at Levante.
Lionel Messi scored twice - his first Barcelona's 6,000th La Liga goal - to help the reigning champions get off to a winning start with a 3-0 win over Alaves.
Spanish football captains will meet on Wednesday to discuss concerns over La Liga's plan to stage a league game in the US.
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