With Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid not playing until Sunday, focus in Spain was on fourth placed Alaves who had the chance to climb to third place in La Liga.

Borja Baston salvaged a point for Alaves in a 1-1 draw at Girona but it wasn't enough to see them leapfrog Sevilla into third.

Cristhian Stuani fired the hosts ahead after 12 minutes. Stuani's brilliant bicycle kick threatened to seal a first league win in six games for his side before Baston levelled with a close-range effort early in the second half.

Valencia's patchy recent form continued as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by struggling Real Valladolid.

Marcelino's side went ahead through Dani Parejo's 71st-minute strike but Ruben Alcaraz responded with a fine free-kick eight from time for the visitors to nudge them further clear of the relegation zone.

Leganes secured three precious points in their own battle to beat the drop with Youssef En-Nesyri's 73rd-minute effort proving enough to see off bottom club Huesca 1-0.

In the Saturday evening game, substitute Angel struck late to send Getafe up to sixth place with a 2-1 win at struggling Villarreal.

Jorge Molina opened the scoring for Getafe but the home side, stranded second from bottom in the table, thought they had earned a point through Leandro Cabrera's 75th-minute own goal.

But Getafe seized the points in dramatic fashion when Angel, who had only been on the field for three minutes, burst into the right side of the home box and delivered a perfect lob over goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.