Athletic Bilbao produced their best performance of the season to see off Espanyol 3-1 at San Mames and extend their impressive run of form.
Terry Gibson and Jon Driscoll on record-breaking Lionel Messi and David Moyes' first La Liga game.
Nottingham Forest beat Espanyol to Roger Riera's signature over the summer and are expecting the youngster to flourish.
A late winner from Imanol Agirretxe boosted managerless Real Sociedad to a shock 2-1 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid.
Diego Colotto scored a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw for Espanyol at home to Villarreal.
Valencia won 3-1 at Villarreal to move to within a point of Real Madrid in La Liga, while Athletic Bilbao beat Sevilla.
Elche moved off the foot of the Primera Division table by claiming their first win in seven matches 2-1 against Espanyol
Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna played out a dour 0-0 draw on Sunday that did little to help either side.
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