Atletico Madrid hasn’t flinched in its quest to win the Spanish league title for the first time since 2014.
Coming from behind for a second straight time, Atletico defeated Valencia 3-1 on Sunday to strengthen its hold on the league lead entering the second half of the season.
Barcelona earlier picked up its second win in a row without the suspended Lionel Messi, defeating Elche 2-0 to regain third place.
Elsewhere, Celta Vigo was held 1-1 against Eibar to extend its winless streak to five matches in all competitions. It had lost four straight, including against third-division club Ibiza in the second round of the Copa del Rey. Its last league win was in December.
Osasuna snapped its own 13-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory over Granada.
The win moved Osasuna out of the relegation zone, while Granada stayed in seventh place.