Copa Del Rey: Real Betis rallies past Sociedad to reach quarter-finals; Villarreal advance after beating Girona
Levante won 4-2 at Valladolid in a game between two top-tier teams.
Zidane's position has come under scrutiny again after Wednesday's defeat by third-tier side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey but Madrid responded at Mendizorroza without their coach, or their captain Sergio Ramos, who was out with a knee injury.
La Liga's reigning champions lost 2-1 to Alcoyano, who scored a remarkable winner in extra-time after having a man sent off.
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Spanish Super Cup: Marc-Andre ter Stegen's heroics help Barcelona beat Real Sociedad on penalties to reach final
Barca advance to meet either Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final on Sunday, when Messi is expected to be available again, although coach Ronald Koeman was cautious at full-time.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann net two each as Barcelona rout Granada; Sevilla edge Real Sociedad
Second-placed Real Madrid were one point behind Atletico after being held at Osasuna to 0-0 in a match played in steady snowfall and with barely any scoring chances for either side.
Messi struck his 644th goal for Barca, one more than Brazil legend Pele scored for Santos, in the 65th minute of a routine win for Ronald Koeman's side
European football matchday: Manchester City take on Arsenal in English League Cup; Real Sociedad host Atlético Madrid
The English League Cup reaches the quarterfinals stage this week and Manchester City is closing in on another slice of history under Pep Guardiola.
Madrid, who last led the league last season, trail leaders Atletico Madrid and second-placed Real Sociedad on goal difference after a Benzema double in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao
Holders Madrid and Athletic will meet on 14 January in Malaga a day after Barca's fixture with Sociedad in Cordoba, with the final in Sevilla on 17 January.
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba scored one goal and set up another to spark a 2-1 comeback victory over Real Sociedad, depriving the Basque Country side of the Spanish league lead.
European football matchday: Liverpool host Tottenham in top of table clash; Barcelona face Real Sociedad
Barcelona host Spanish league leader Real Sociedad in a match that could prove crucial to their chances of mounting a title challenge.
United will play away first against Sociedad, which has been inspired this season by former Manchester City playmaker David Silva’s homecoming to Spain.
Tottenham and Liverpool return to Premier League action after seeing their biggest title rivals drop points on Saturday.
Sociedad were heading out of Europe as the final two matches of Group F headed into stoppage time, with Alkmaar set to go through in second place as the Dutch side were drawing at bottom side Rijeka and Napoli led in Naples thanks to Piotr Zielinski's fine first half strike
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Sociedad had led the league for six consecutive rounds. The team's attractive attack has helped it only lose just once this season.
Flags at the Camp Nou flew at half mast, Maradona's image was displayed on every screen and digital advertising hoardings while a club official held a framed Maradona Barcelona shirt.
From Sociedad chasing consecutive wins record to pressure on Conte at Inter, European football to watch out for this weekend
Here's a preview of the standout football action in Europe this weekend.