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The Catalan side announced their successful move for Brazilian hotshot Neymar earlier on in the day, following it up with an easy win away at Espanyol after goals from Alexis Sanchez and Pedro Rodriguez ensured Barcelona continued their charge to a record points haul.
Meanwhile, a Real Madrid side devoid of Cristiano Ronaldo were held to a 3-3 draw by Real Sociedad. Philippe Montanier's men were forced to battle back twice despite dominating proceedings and their failure to win allowed Valencia to move two points clear in the race for the final Champions League qualification place after Los Che notched a 1-0 win over Granada.
At the other end of the table, Mallorca's credible goalless draw against Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo's 2-0 win over Real Valladolid kept up both teams' hopes of survival, but the outlook is much less rosy for Real Zaragoza and Deportivo La Coruna, after the duo lost to Real Betis and Malaga respectively.
One side that will definitely not be bothered by worries of relegation any longer is Osasuna, as their impressive 2-1 comeback win against Sevilla was sufficient to ensure they would feature in La Liga next season.
Athletic Bilbao could not give their fans a winning send-off in the final home game to be held at San Mames after a Juanlu injury-time winner stole three points for Levante, while Diego Castro also struck late, albeit at the wrong end, to gift Rayo Vallecano a 2-1 win over Getafe.
Here, FOX SPORTS has arranged the stars of this weekend's games in a 3-4-3 formation.
GK: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid)
The Atletico players paraded the Copa del Rey trophy to their fans at the Vicente Calderon, but the party atmosphere was ruined immediately after the first whistle.
Opposition side Mallorca, who were desperate to secure survival, threw everything they had at Courtois' goal. The Belgian was at times the only thing standing in the way of the opposition securing three points away from home, pulling off a vital save after Javi Marquez had unleashed a stinger from distance and denied Giovanni dos Santos from close range in the second period.
CB: Gustavo Cabral (Celta Vigo)
Connecting with Augusto Fernandez's cross midway through the first half to head his team in front, Cabral's attempt left on-form Real Valladolid goalkeeper Jamie flailing and provided Celta with a comfortable vantage point from which to dominate the game.
The central defender then went on to do his defensive duties with minimal fuss, closing down Valladolid attackers Manucho and Patrick Ebert to ensure his side would cruise to a 2-0 victory.
CB: Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia)
Featuring in the La Liga Team of the Week for the second consecutive time, Mathieu might not have gotten on the score-sheet, but he certainly came close. The Frenchman connected with two of team-mate Juan Bernat's set-pieces and was unlucky not to have put his team in front, in addition to nearly turning provider for subsequent goal-scorer Roberto Soldado.
CB: Diego Colotto (Espanyol)
The Argentinean must have known what he was going to come up against when neighbours Barcelona came to visit, but his shot from outside the penalty area in the second minute proved he was not going to allow the opposition to take three points without a fight.
Although he predictably ended up on the losing side, Colotto turned in a respectable shift while shadowing the likes of David Villa and Andres Iniesta, ensuring that the score-line did not go beyond 2-0.
CM: Patxi Punal (Osasuna)
Primarily a defensive midfielder, Punal does not get amongst the goals often, which made his equalizing strike against Sevilla all the sweeter. With La Liga safety at stake, the 37-year old stepped up to score from long-range just 15 minutes after Osasuna found themselves behind.
Punal's strike was sufficient to inspire his team-mates to get their act together, as Jose Luis Mendilibar's team completed their fight-back to snatch all three points and a place in the top flight next season.
CM: Kaka (Real Madrid)
The Brazilian saw very little of the ball in Los Blancos' game against Sociedad, but he made good use of possession during the rare spells he was allowed it.
A curling shot from Kaka two minutes into the second period nearly doubled Real's advantage after Jose Mourinho's men took the lead earlier via Gonzalo Higuain, the attacking midfielder was undeterred and eventually had a hand in the team's second goal 10 minutes later when his pin-point cross for Jose Callejon set up an opportunity for the Spaniard to fire home.
RM: Joaquin (Malaga)
A lacklustre showing from Malaga could have boosted Deportivo's hopes for survival, but Joaquin and his team-mates were in no mood for charity.
The Spaniard missed an early chance to prod Manuel Pellegrini's side in front, prompting him to make amends just before half-time by setting up Javier Saviola with a sweet far post delivery. Just when it looked like a late comeback was possible for relegation-threatened Deportivo, Joaquin turned provider once more, shutting down the opposition's hopes of taking anything away by sending team-mate Isco through for a late goal.
LM: Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona)
Tito Vilanova's side had already secured the lead by the time Pedro was brought on, but the 25-year old was not keen for Barcelona to rest on their laurels. His presence breathed new life into a tiring attack and he reaped the fruits of his efforts after a quick one-two with team-mate Xavi to slot the ball past a hapless Cristian Alvarez.
ST: Ruben Castro (Real Betis)
There were four different goal-scorers during Betis' big win over Real Zaragoza, but it was Ruben who ran the show for his side.
The veteran forward put Betis into the lead with the game's first opportunity 15 seconds after the referee's first whistle and could have doubled his tally just 11 minutes later had he not headed that attempt wide. Team-mate Dorlan Pabon then made sure Ruben's hard work did not go to waste by scoring Betis' second goal after being put through by the 31-year old before half-time.
ST: David Villa (Barcelona)
Former Valencia man Villa was visibly disappointed not to have gotten on the score-sheet during Barcelona's game against Espanyol. Any neutral observer would certainly have not begrudged the forward a goal after watching Villa run himself into the ground for his team's cause.
The World Cup 2010 winner did manage to take on the role of a provider when his quick one-two with Alexis put his Chilean team-mate in a brilliant position to fire Barcelona into the lead, but Villa was not as successful in putting away his own opportunities.
ST: Javier Saviola (Malaga)
Cutting a sprightly figure on the pitch, Saviola evaded Deportivo marking at will for much of the first period, popping up just before half-time to volley home Joaquin's cross. The Argentinean then ensured Malaga built a comfortable two-goal advantage by linking up with Julio Baptista to set up the former Sevilla man for a strike of his own.