Real Madrid put their dismal first half of the season behind them as they tore Valencia apart for the first 45 minutes to win 5-0 and ease the pressure on coach Jose Mourinho.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria both hit braces and Gonzalo Higuain was also on target in a first-half goal romp.
But there is still little hope of them retaining their title as they trail Barcelona by 15 points despite the Catalan side losing 3-2 against Real Sociedad on Saturday, their bitter rivals' first league defeat of the season.
They are also seven points off neighbours Atletico Madrid who beat Levante 2-0 earlier Sunday.
United draw with Tottenham
London: Clint Dempsey's scored in stoppage time as Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Premier League leaders Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
On an Arctic-like afternoon in north London Robin van Persie's first-half goal appeared to have secured the points for United until Dempsey slid home an equaliser with virtually the final kick of the game.
The leaders have 56 points from 23 games with Manchester City on 51 and Chelsea, who beat Arsenal 2-1 earlier in the snow-hit capital, on 45, four ahead of Tottenham.
One match ban for Bagan’s Odafa
New Delhi: After taking into consideration an unconditional apology from Mohun Bagan player Odafa Okolie for his involvement in the controversial East Be, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) imposed on him an additional one-match ban in the I-League, also imposing a fine of Rs. 1,50,000.