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The Blaugrana marked the occasion with a hard fought 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid, but their players were surprisingly half-hearted in their celebrations after the game.
Over at the other end of the table, relegation-threatened Athletic Bilbao took a giant step to ensuring their La Liga status as they overcame nine-man Real Mallorca 2-1, Celta Vigo fell to a 1-0 loss to European football chasing Real Betis, and Deportivo La Coruna were beaten by 1-0 by Real Valladolid.
Meanwhile, Valencia thrashed Rayo Vallecano 4-0 to move level on points with Real Sociedad, who were held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Granada.
Elsewhere, Levante fought out a 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza, Osasuna edged out Getafe 1-0, and Malaga's poor form continued as they drew 0-0 with Sevilla.
Here, FOX SPORTS picks our best 11 from the latest round of the La Liga. We've gone with a 4-4-2 formation.
GK: Keylor Navas (Levante)
Navas lived up to his reputation as one of the best footballing talents to have come out of CONCACAF with an outstanding display in goal for Levante against Zaragoza. With his side under the cosh for majority of the game following Pape Diop's dismissal, Navas helped the Granotes earn a valuable point as he kept a well-deserved clean sheet by denying the likes of Víctor Rodríguez, Lozano Rodri and Adria Carmona from finding the back of the net.
RB: Francisco Chica (Real Betis)
Chica cut a calm and composed figure at the back for Betis on Sunday as he led his side to victory over Celta. Celta striker Iago Aspas was visibly unnerved by Chica's immense physical presence throughout the game and failed to play to his usual high standards. Chica even managed to get himself an assist when his accurate cross from the right was turned home by Ruben Castro.
LB: Fernando Navarro (Sevilla)
Despite going up against the likes of Joaquin and Isco, Navarro held his nerve to shackle both playmakers well and made several fantastic last-ditch tackles to prevent either of them from making inroads into the penalty box. The 30-year-old's energy and willingness to push forward also made him a threat in the attacking half as Malaga struggled to keep the former Spain international in check.
CB: Alejandro Arribas (Osasuna)
Arribas will be the name on the lips of Osasuna fans everywhere after he scored the only goal in his side's clash with Getafe on Saturday. The 24-year-old, dominant in the air throughout the game, popped up with the vital winner when he jumped highest to expertly plant Emiliano Armenteros deep inswinging corner past the despairing reach of Getafe custodian Miguel Moya.
CB: Loukas Vyntra (Levante)
On his day, Vyntra has the ability to keep even the best forwards in the world quiet. However, his inability to perform on a consistent basis was been the biggest reason for why top European clubs did not snap him up previously. Fortunately for Levante, Vyntra was at his best against Zaragoza, and they certainly needed him to be given how they were under the cosh for majority of the game due to the dismissal of Pape Diop early in the second half. The 32-year-old was near unbeatable in the centre of defence and made several important interceptions to break down Zaragoza's attacks.
CM: Jose Recio (Granada)
Recio provided struggling Granada with some much needed cheer when he scored a dramatic late equaliser as his side battled Sociedad to draw. The 22-year-old was a lively presence in the middle of the park, energetically closing down Sociedad's midfield whenever they had the ball and won back possession for his side numerous times.
CM: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona)
Much was expected of Fabregas when he moved back to Barcelona in 2011, but it would be fair to say the 26-year-old has never managed to set the Nou Camp on fire. However, the former Arsenal player gave everyone a reminder of his invaluable ability to split open a tight defence when he set up Alexis Sanchez to score the equaliser against Atletico with a cute through ball which completely caught Los Colchoneros' defence flat-footed.
RM: Patrick Ebert (Valladolid)
Nobody expected Ebert, released on a free by Hertha BSC at the end of last season, to make such a positive impact for Valladolid this season. The 26-year-old, now reportedly a transfer target for Borussia Dortmund, was once more integral in his side's success over Deportivo during the weekend. Ebert was a constant menace on the right, teasing and tormenting his markers with a series of tricks and flicks, and it was no surprise that it was he who provided the assist for his side's winning goal when his dangerous corner was brilliantly backheeled into the net by Javi Guerra.
LM: Andrés Guardado (Valencia)
Guardado has been one of Valencia's most consistent players this season. The 26-year-old's ability to bamboozle his way past defenders has been a hallmark of his game, and he did it to great effect against Vallecano on Sunday as the Franjirrojos failed to find a way to cope with the winger. Guardado capped off his fine performance with a deserved goal when he finished past Rayo goalkeeper Ruben after having been set up by Soldado.
ST: Imanol Agirretxe (Sociedad)
Agirretxe has been one of Sociedad's shining stars this season. The Spaniard, one of the most instinctive finishers in the league, was the hero for his side once again as he scored a superb brace against Granada. Agirretxe opened his account in the game with a typically predatory strike when he headed home Gonzalo Castro's free-kick from close range, then doubled his tally when he evaded his markers to poke Carlos Vela's left-wing cross past Granada goalkeeper Roberto.
ST: Roberto Soldado (Valencia)
Regarded as one of the deadliest strikers in the La Liga, Soldado turned on the style against Vallecano and scored a well-taken brace to fire Los Che closer to the top four. Soldado got his first goal when he kept his nerve to send Vallecano custodian the wrong after a penalty was awarded to his side following a foul on Roberto Trashorras. The Spaniard then showed great anticipation to run into the box to tap Pablo Piatti's cross into the back of the net from close range. Soldado also showed he was capable of creating for his team-mates when he set up Guardado to score with a superb through pass.