It was an exciting weekend in Spain as both Barcelona and Real Madrid continued their assault for the pinnacle of La Liga, with both sides notching up victories to keep pace with surprise package Levante. We pick the players who made things happen for their sides.
Roberto Jimenez (Real Zaragoza)
Despite going down to ten men, Real Zaragoza managed to cling to a 2-2 draw against Villarreal, thanks to the heroics of Jimenez.
The Yellow Submarine will rue the presence of the custodian, as he first denied Cani in the first half, and then stopped Giuseppe Rossi's shot with a brilliant save in the 87th minute to help his side to the draw.
Jordi Figueras (Rayo Vallecano)
The former Rubin Kazan midfielder showed why Rayo snapped him up on loan from Rubin Kazan with a brilliant challenge on Racing Santander's Pape Dioup to help his side to a crucial 1-1 draw.
Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia)
The Frenchman put in a solid display for Valencia to help them sneak away with a 1-0 win over Granada, and also overlapped to put in several deadly crosses that his strikers failed to put away for a more convincing victory.
Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad)
Spotting visiting keeper Gorka Iraizoz off his line, the 20-year-old let fly from just beyond the halfway line to score a spectacular first goal of his career. Beckham would have been proud of his goal, and Martinez should be too.
Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Missing the attacking threats of Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Ibrahim Afellay because of injuries, Barcelona would have been aware that defence was a priority in their 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon, and Alves showed that awareness as he helped his side to an important clean sheet.
He was also unlucky to have missed out on an assist when he latched onto a rebound in the second half and played it for Seydou Keita to score, only to have the referee flag him offside.
Adrain (Racing Santander)
Adrian scored Racing Santander's first goal since the opening weekend of La Liga to claim a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano.
The former Getafe midfielder was brought on at half-time to replace Alexandros Tziolis and made almost an immediate impact as he slid in to divert Oscar Serrano's cross into the net.
Julio Baptista ( Malaga)
An overhead goal is always worth a place in this column, and the ex-Arsenal midfielder showed off some Brazilian flair when he scored Malaga's winner in injury time to complete a stunning late comeback for his side against Getafe.
Cristiano Ronaldo ( Real Madrid)
The Portuguese forward was clearly hungry for a goal, even trying efforts from as far out as 25 and 20 yards against Espanyol, but just couldn't get on the scoresheet.
However, he did show his class by providing an assist for Jose Callejon, after out-pacing the Espanyol defence and teeing him up with a one on one to score against his former employers.
Pedro Munitis (Racing Santander)
The dimunitive forward showed his quality for his side in the second half, and his lovely floated pass over the defence that Oscar Serrano attacked at the back post was brilliant.
At 1.67 metres, he is one of the shortest players in La Liga, and is best known for his fighting spirit, which was lauded by Santander fans at the end of the game.
Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)
Fernando Llorente's brace earned Athletic Bilbao their first win of the season at the Estadio Anoeta, scoring in each half to sink Real Sociedad and earn Marcelo Bielsa the first victory of his reign at the sixth time of asking.
The Spaniard showed off his technical skills in the 70th minute, volleying home from inside the penalty area after being picked out by Fernando Amorebieta.
Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)
Gonzalo Higuain gave Read Madrid manager Jose Mourinho a firm reminder of his goalscoring prowess, scoring a hat-trick against Espanyol.
Higuain grabbed the first of the game after 17 minutes and added two more in the second half, and the highlight would have been his second, after Alvaro Arbeloa picked out his run with a well-judged ball over the top, with the Argentina forward allowing it to bounce before producing a glorious first-time finish into the far corner.