MADRID， March 12 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona lost the leadership of La Liga on Sunday following a 2-1 defeat away to Deportivo la Coruna.
Barca went into the game in the wake of their 6-1 win at home to Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night， but played without Neymar， and fell behind to a 40th minute goal to Joselu.
Luis Suarez drew Barca level quickly after the break， but Alex Bergantinos， making a rare start for Deportivo， netted the winner with 16 minutes remaining.
Real Madrid took advantage of that loss， moving back to the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Betis 2-1， but were made to work hard by a rival who first took the lead through Antonio Sanabria， following an error from Madrid keeper Keylor Navas， who earlier in the game should have been sent off for a clear foul when he was the last man.
Cristiano Ronaldo equalized with one of his few contributions to the game， before Sergio Ramos sealed the win with another late header.
Meanwhile， Sevilla's title hopes look to be slipping away after a 1-1 draw at home to Leganes on Saturday.
Leganes took advantage of squad rotations by Sevilla ahead of their Champions League clash away to Leicester City with a well-organized display， and really deserved more than a single point.
Leganes opened the scoring in the second minute with a Gabriel Pires back-heel and had chances to double their lead before Stefan Jovetic leveled shortly before halftime.
Fourth place Atletico Madrid kept up the pace thanks to a late goal from Antoine Griezmann， whose 84th minute diving header was enough to separate the two sides and leave Granada deeper in the relegation mire ahead of a vital trip to play Sporting Gijon.
Granada also saw Wakaso sent off in the last minute of the game， but will have the consolation of knowing that Sporting will have Duje Cop， Nacho Cases and goalkeeper Pichu Cuellar suspended for a life or death tie.
Those suspensions took the shine off Sporting's 1-1 draw away to Valencia in a game where Cuellar saved his second penalty in a fortnight before Cop put the visitors ahead on the hour only for Munir to equalize with six minutes remaining.
Atletico's win saw them consolidate their place in the top four after Real Sociedad were beaten 2-0 at home to Athletic Club Bilbao in the Basque derby.
In a game played in continual rain， Athletic opened the scoring through a 28th minute Raul Garcia penalty and Inaki Williams doubled their lead in the 55th minute following a mix-up in the Real Sociedad defense.
In other action， Roberto Soldado's solitary goal was enough to give Villarreal a 1-0 win away to Celta Vigo.
Michel Gonzalez's debut as Malaga coach ended in defeat at home to Alaves in a game Malaga deserved to win， but were denied by the saves of visiting keeper， Fernando Pacheco and goals from Zou Feddal at the end of the first half.
Malaga got a well-deserved equalizer through Juan Carlos and looked to win after Feddal was sent off， but Edgar Mendez scored a second goal for the side against the run of play to seal an unlikely win in injury time.
Roma suffered a 1-0 defeat at Napoli to see their gap with Italian Serie A leaders Juventus widened to 14 points on Sudnay.
Jose Callejon leapt highest to head home Faouzi Ghoulam's superb cross from the left wing and sealed the win just nine minutes from time.
Things did not look rosy for Roma in the first half as midfielder Kevin Strootman limped off with an injury.
The game was full of missed chances and it came down to Callejon to settle matters late on Corey Davis Titans Jersey , inflicting Roma's second league defeat of the season.
Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez said his side can treasure their victory over Roma.
""We've seen many games that Napoli played well and didn't win, so to beat a strong side like Roma I think we ought to be happy,"" he said.
""I think we are the only team this season who have beaten Roma twice. That must mean we are doing something right,"" he added.
Roma head coach Rudi Garcia rued his side's wasted chances and conceded that they could not catch up with Juventus who beat Fiorentina 1-0 at home.
""We had many scoring opportunities and only missed that little bit of luck to convert them,"" he said.
""We played with character and maturity, so I don't think the defeat was deserved. We saw tonight that in football the best team doesn't always win,"" he said.
He acknowledged that Juventus have won this season's Serie A title.
""Mathematically the Scudetto race isn't over, but realistically it is. There's a huge gap,"" he said.
With their win over Fiorentina, Juventus equalled the Serie A mark of 14 consecutive home wins, a record set by Torino in the 1975-76 season.
Kwadwo Asamoah scored the only goal in the 42nd minute as Juventus drew first blood in their triple-header with Vincenzo Montella's side.
The sides are set to meet three times in less than a fortnight, with Sunday's Serie A clash to be followed by two encounters in the UEFA Europa League last 16.
Juventus head coach Antonio Conte was delighted with the performance of his side who allowed few chances to Fiorentina.
""We played the first half at a high level, then after the break we dropped back in part due to fatigue after international duty,"" he said.
""We allowed Fiorentina only one chance to score, rarely ran risks and held out pretty well,"" he said.
He praised his side have done a good job on their way to the third consecutive Serie A title.
""We did well to win the first Scudetto unbeaten, while last season only Inter and Sampdoria got the better of us. This term we are pretty winning too,"" he said.
""There are still 11 rounds to go, but we are 50 per cent Champions of Italy. We're going at an extraordinary pace, but they're not letting up behind us either,"" he added.