La Liga round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at Numancia, as Real Madrid lost at Deportivo.
Barcelona's charge towards the Liga title suffered a jolt as they were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at bottom club Numancia but nearest rivals Real Madrid slipped up at Deportivo La Coruna.
Fresh from their midweek UEFA Champions League victory over Chelsea, Barca were aiming to edge a step closer towards the domestic title.
But they were forced to dig deep into their reserves to come from behind and claim a point from their trip to Numancia.
On a dreadful pitch, chances were scarce as the polar-esque conditions made it difficult for Barca to play their normal game.
Numancia took the lead just before half time when Barca failed to deal with a long throw-in and Juanlu fired an acrobatic overhead kick past Victor Valdes.
Barca were level just two minutes after the interval, though, as slack marking allowed Rafael Marquez to sweep home Xavi's corner at the near post.
However, the disappointment was lessened by Real's 2-0 defeat at the Riazor which enabled Barca to move eight points clear at the top of the table.
Real endured a torrid night in Galicia and were never at the races as they made a dreadful start, which included Thomas Gravesen hacking off his own line after 60 seconds.
Depor were ahead on eight minutes, though, as Sergio whipped in a cross to the near post which was headed home by Albert Luque.
Just five minutes later and things turned even worse for the visitors as Francisco Pavon headed Victor's cross into his own net.
Iker Casillas had to produce a smart save from Victor's chip before the Real keeper conjured up an even better save to keep out Diego Tristan's shot after a slick move from Depor.
Luis Figo had earlied forced Depor keeper Gustavo Munua into a sprawling save but, with Michael Owen and Javier Portillo leading the line, Real never looked like they would take advantage of Barca's draw and close the gap at the top.
Espanyol kept their Champions League dream alive with a battling 2-1 win at home to struggling Albacete.
The Catalan side lifted themselves into fourth spot in La Liga courtesy of the victory after surviving a nervy second half.
Maxi Rodriguez gave Espanyol an early boost with a goal after five minutes and Raul Tamudo netted the second on 22 minutes.
Albacete came into the contest in the second half and grabbed a goal through Antonio Pacheco on 57 minutes but they were unable to conjure up an equaliser.
Levante eased their worries about the drop as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Mallorca, who remain in the relegation zone.
Luis Garcia fired Mallorca ahead on 55 minutes before the visitors levelled matters nine minutes later through Garcia Sergio.
The winner arrived eight minutes from the end as Jofre pounced to give Levante a precious three points.