La Liga leaders, Barcelona regained their five-point lead at the top of the table after they defeated Villarreal 2-0 in a matchday 15 clash on Sunday night.
Goals by Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the 72nd and 83rd minutes respectively helped them secure their first victory in three La Liga games.
It is also worthy of note that the game was goalless when Villarreal midfielder Daniel Raba was shown a straight red card for an ugly 60th-minute challenge on Sergio Busquets.
Suarez then rounded the goalkeeper to score 12 minutes later before Messi made it 2-0.
Villarreal are sixth in the table, Valencia are second, while Atletico Madrid are third, six points behind Barca, after a 1-0 victory at Real Betis earlier on Sunday.
Real Madrid, who hammered Sevilla 5-0 on Saturday, are fourth – eight points behind Barca, who they host on the 23 December.
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