Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both scored their first La Liga goals of the season as Real Madrid defeated Getafe 2-1.
Benzema, back after a month out with a hamstring injury, took advantage of some lacklustre Getafe defending to break the deadlock six minutes before the break.
The hosts levelled through Jorge Molina, who had appeared offside when he turned home Faycal Fajr's cross, before Real Madrid defeated Getafe 2-1.
Moments earlier the Portuguese, whose previous five goals for his club had come in the Spanish Super Cup or Champions League, had somehow missed the target from around three yards out but he made up for that with a clinical finish after substitute Isco had spotted him with a ball over the top.
Sevilla suffered an eighth successive league defeat at Athletic Bilbao to see their hopes of turning the heat up on leaders Barcelona dashed.
With Barca facing unbeaten Atletico Madrid in the capital on Saturday evening, second-placed Sevilla could have cut the gap on the pacesetters to two points with victory at San Mames in the early kick-off.
However, Sevilla have not picked up a single point from their trips to Athletic since 2009 and, despite the home side languishing in mid-table and without a win in six competitive matches, it was the Basque outfit who emerged victorious.
That was thanks to Mikel Vesga's goal before half-time, with the midfielder coolly lofting his shot over Sergio Rico after Raul Garcia's attempted shot had deflected into his path just yards out.