Malaga came from behind after throwing away the lead to win 3-2 at home to Sevilla, while matches at Levante and Getafe both ended goalless.
FIFA.com's weekly look at just some of the game's stars celebrating birthdays this week include French legend Jean Tigana, Bayern Munich's young Austrian star David Alaba and USA midfield ace Shannon Boxx.
Malaga's former Portugal international Duda is confident his side can overcome a 1-0 deficit at home to Porto in their UEFA Champions League last 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday.
Malaga managed to seal top spot in UEFA Champions League Group C despite conceding a late Dieumerci Mbokani goal to draw 2-2 with Anderlecht - a result that sees them drop out of Europe.
Having been crowned La Liga's winter champions, courtesy of topping the league at the halfway point, after Real Madrid's draw this evening, Barcelona produce their usual swagger to beat a competent Malaga side 4-1.
Sevilla's Portuguese international midfielder Sergio Paulo Barbosa, known as 'Duda', will return to Malaga on loan for the upcoming season.