Real Madrid dropped another two points in the race for the Primera Division title as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo came within inches of opening the scoring in the opening 10 minutes as he struck the inside of the post, but at the other end Ricardo Costa should also have done better when he headed against the upright with the goal at his mercy.
Tino Costa also hit the woodwork with a thunderous strike from fully 30 yards that rattled the crossbar 10 minutes after the break, but Valencia were thankful for Vicente Guaita as he made fine saves from Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema to keep the scoreline blank.
The draw means Barcelona are just four points behind Madrid with seven games to go, including el clasico at the Nou Camp later this month.
Levante moved back into the top four after two goals in the first ten minutes from Valdo and Arouna Kone were enough to hand them a 2-0 victory over a tired looking Atletico Madrid.
The game was barely 60 seconds old when Valdo stole in between the Atleti central defence to head home Jose Barkero's pinpoint cross. Barkero was the creator again nine minutes later when his free-kick was powered home by Kone.
The hosts should have had a third when Barkero blasted over when free inside the area, but despite improving in the second half Atleti never really threatened a comeback.
Their miserable day was complete when Miranda was sent-off for a second yellow card seven minutes from time.
Atleti progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League in midweek but that run may have scuppered any chance they had of Champions League football next season as they went down to their third consecutive away defeat.
Athletic Bilbao recorded their first league win in six games as Fernando Llorente's second-half header consigned Sevilla to a 1-0 defeat.
The Spain international struck the bar when presented with an open goal in the first half while Alvaro Negredo had an effort cleared off the line for the visitors. But Llorente made amends for his earlier miss when he bulleted home Markel Susaeta's cross two minutes into the second half.
Real Mallorca and Granada moved a point further clear of the relegation zone after a forgettable goalless draw at the Iberostar.
Michael Pereira came closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts as his dipping volley from outside the area clipped the top of the crossbar just after the hour mark.