A clinical Cesc Fabregas strike rescued a point for champions Barcelona in a 2-2 draw away to top of the table Valencia.
After the first weekend of fixtures there had been complaints that La Liga was already a two-horse race as both Barca and Real Madrid won by large margins. But since then it has not gone their way and Valencia lead the standings with ten points.
Valencia went ahead after just 11 minutes when Eric Abidal put a Jeremy Mathieu cross into his own net but, just two minutes later, Pedro Rodriguez equalised after a neat interchange between Cesc and Lionel Messi.
It was not until the final stages of the match that Barca asserted themselves and it was once again the Messi and Fabregas combination which has worked so well this season that made the difference.
Probing Pato injury
Rome: AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has held a meeting to try to discover why Brazilian forward Pato is suffering so many muscular injuries.
Pato limped off during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Udinese, continuing a run of injuries that blighted his campaign last season.
He will now miss four weeks with a pulled hamstring and Galliani wants to find out why this keeps happening.