by JACK PRENTICE
Two goals from Gareth Bale proved decisive as Real Madrid comfortably swatted aside fellow Madrid side Leganes with a 3-0 victory.
After a trouble-free 38 minutes for the visitors, Isco’s pass set Bale away and the Welshman rounded the goalkeeper and turned in from a tight angle.
Bale then made the most of hesitant defending from Toni Kroos’ free-kick on the stroke of half-time to double Madrid’s lead from a mere foot away.
Alvaro Morata completed the scoring with 15 minutes left to play to leave Real two points clear at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona had to come from behind to end Sevilla’s unbeaten home record courtesy of goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Vitolo’s finish gave Sevilla the lead on fifteen minutes and after missing numerous chances they were punished by Messi two minutes before half-time.
That was Barcelona’s first real attack and it seemed to sting Sevilla, who found themselves behind when Suarez turned home to complete the turnaround.
Sevilla are now detached from the top two having been top as recently as two weeks ago, while Barcelona keep pace with Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid succumbed to a firm Real Sociedad side, with as the in-form Basques celebrating a 2-0 victory at the Anoeta.
Atleti are now falling adrift of Real Madrid and Barcelona courtesy of their second straight away defeat, following a 2-1 reverse at Sevilla.
It was a tale of two penalties for Sociedad and Carlos Vela scored the first nine minutes after half-time with Yuri adjudged to have been brought down.
Vela then won the second penalty for Willian Jose to power home on 76 minutes, while Antoine Griezmann struck the post on his return to his previous club.
Malaga 3-2 Sporting Gijon
Granada 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna
Osasuna 0-1 Alaves
Las Palmas 1-0 Eibar
Celta Vigo 2-1 Valencia
Espanyol 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
Villarreal 2-0 Real Betis