Madrid remain nine points behind Barca with 13 games to go after Raul Albentosa cancelled out Ronaldo's opener. Atletico Madrid also failed to gain significant ground on Barca as they were held 0-0 at home by Villarreal to move eight points behind in second.
     
However, Gary Neville's upturn in fortunes as Valencia boss continued with a third win in a week, 2-1 at Granada.
     
Zinedine Zidane's men were left to rue Ronaldo's miss from the spot to make it 2-0 before the break when Carlos Kameni dived to his left to parry the three-time World Player of the Year's effort.

"It is obviously going to be difficult because we have dropped two points, but we won't give up," said Zidane.
     
"There are 39 points still to play for. You think the league is lost, but the players and myself don't believe that," he added.
     
Madrid were without the injured Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, while James Rodriguez was left on the bench by Zidane.

 

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