So, Cristiano Ronaldo answers his critics with a hat-trick as Real Madrid hit Espanyol for six and AC Milan enjoy a comprehensive win over Inter. You can read match reports on both games on the BBC Sport website. Many thanks for your company.
- Real move four points behind Barca
- Ronaldo scores a hat-trick
- Milan earn comfortable win over Inter
Earlier today Gary Neville's Valencia were booed by their own supporters after Antonio Sanabria's penalty eased Sporting Gijon's relegation worries.
Neville is still waiting for a first league win since taking charge of Valencia in December.
Former Barcelona B striker Sanabria, on loan from Roma, scored his fourth goal in two games after Danilo tripped Jony.
Alvaro Negredo missed three chances to equalise, heading one against the post, then chipping wide and blazing over.
AC Milan remain eighth in the Serie A table but they are now five points behind fourth-placed Inter. Next up for Milan is an away trip to 14th-placed Palermo on Wednesday while Inter host 12th-placed Chievo on the same night.
The last time Milan scored more than two goals against Inter was in 2011. The party is under way for the fans wearing red and black scarves.
The Rossoneri have a victory to savour.Copyright: AFP/GETTY
Inter were thumped by Juventus in midweek in the Coppa Italia and they've on the brink of a big defeat by their fierce rivals. It's been a terrible few days for Roberto Mancini.
Three minutes of additional time. Milan are just trying to keep possession and eat up another few seconds. Their work is almost done.Copyright: AFP/GETTY
Three minutes of normal time remaining. Inter can have few complaints about this result. They will point to Mauro Icardi's missed penalty as the turning point but you can bet the inquests are already under way.
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Red and black scarves are out in force. Milan are on their way to a memorable victory over their fierce rivals. Nights like this have been short in supply for the Rossoneri.
So close to a fourth....Carlos Bacca gets in front of substitute Mario Balotelli and flicks an effort narrowly wide. This is turning into an embarrassing night for Roberto Mancini and Inter. Around seven minutes of normal time remaining.
Inter have pressed the self destruct button and Milan have almost certainly sealed victory in the space of a dramatic few minutes after M'Baye Niang sweeps home his side's third goal.
Milan have not had much to celebrate lately but this is turning out to be a memorable night for the Rossoneri and their fans.Copyright: AFP/GETTY
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A dramatic few minutes as Inter miss a great chance to equalise and Milan go up the other end and extend their lead. M'Baye Niang delivers a super cross for Carlos Bacca to extend his side's lead after getting in front of Miranda.Copyright: AFP/GETTY
AC Milan fans celebrate wildly as Mauro Icardi hammers his spot kick against the post. How costly will that be?Copyright: AP
Lifeline for Inter as the referee points to the spot after goalscorer Alex fouls Mauro Icardi.
Espanyol's night goes from bad to worse. Jese has been excellent since he came on providing the team with fresh energy. He drives at the visitors defence before crossing and Oscar Duarte can only divert the ball past his own keeper while trying to clear.
Never write Cristiano Ronaldo off! The Portugal forward has another hat-trick to add to his collection after meeting Jese's cross inside the six yard area. Espanyol's marking has been atrocious but Real's fans are loving this.Copyright: Getty Images