Sevilla, having played one game more than Barcelona, will go into the Christmas break sitting atop the La Liga tree.
The Andalucian side, under Juande Ramos, moved four points clear at the top after stuffing Deportivo La Coruna. Former Tottenham striker Freddie Kanoute scored twice to take his season’s total to 14, so far. The other two goals came from Luis Fabiano and Daniel Alves.
Barcelona face Atletico Madrid at the Camp nou this evening and must win to keep the gap behind Sevilla down to just one point over the Christmas break.
The most eye-catching result of the evening came at the Bernabeu, where Recreativo Huelva beat Real Madrid 3-0. The result was all the more remarkable considering that the visitors had lost three of their last four games.
It was however a bitter sweet night for the Andalucian side after the match began with a minutes silence in memory of the four Recre fans, killed in a coach crash on their way to the game. Pongolle, Uche and Vigueira dedicated their goals to the supporters and their families, whilst Real Madrid have said that they will donate the gate receipts from the match to a fund, set up for the victims of the crash.
Elsewhere, Real Betis recorded a 1-0 victory at lowly Gimnàstic Tarragona, Marcos Assuncao sealing the win with a 65th-minute penalty.
Newly promoted Nastic are now two points adrift at the bottom of the table after second to bottom Real Sociedad recorded a goalless draw at Celta Vigo.
Osasuna’s impressive run of form continued as they defeated Levante 2-1 to register their seventh successive win.
Osasuna are now in eighth spot, one place behind Recre and just four points off the Champions League spots.
Racing Santander are creeping up the table following an impressive win over Villarreal (2-1)
Espanyol bounced back from their weekend defeat to Real Madrid with a 1-0 win over Getafe.