Atletico Madrid failed to take second place in La Liga after playing to a 1-1 draw with Valencia at the Estadio Vicente Calderón on Sunday night.
With Real Madrid failing to pick up all three points this weekend following their 1-1 draw with Zaragoza, Atletico had the perfect chance to leap frog them but failed to do so.
The Atletico match, though, kicked-off in exciting fashion with two goals in the opening five minutes, but following that early flutter of actions things subsided and both teams retreated into their shells.
Valencia got the ball rolling with the first goal in the fourth minute as a speculative cross-ball from Joao Pereira on the right-flank found Jonas Goncalves Oliveira and he made no mistake with a clinical finish to give the visitors the lead.
Atletico, though, quickly hit back, finding the equaliser a minute later as Radamel Falcao converted a Arda Turan cross – the Atletico man doing well to get behind the defence to equalise.
Atletico then suffered a set-back in the 26th minute as Turkish international Arda Turan had to limp off the field with an ankle injury to be replaced by midfielder Raul Garcia.
That seemed to disrupt the Atletico and two brilliant saves by Courtois kept the scores level in the 31st minute, firstly blocking Piatti and then Jonas at close range.
Strong rain in the second half made it difficult to play free flowing football. Consequently chances on goal were few and far between as the game ended all square.
The result leaves Atletico third on the table with 61 points from their 29 league games while Real Madrid sit one point above them in second.
Barcelona, despite a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo still occupy the top of the table with 75 points.
Holding up the bottom of the La Liga is Deportivo La Coruña with 23 points, but are only one behind RCD Mallorca and Celta Vigo just above them.