Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 with Real Betis on Sunday, to leave Barcelona within one point of winning the LaLiga title.
Saul Niguez rattled the woodwork with a 74th-minute strike, on a day when it was the visitors who created the better chances.
The Spain midfielder came closest to breaking the deadlock in a game of missed chances, but saw his effort come off the crossbar with Pedro Lopez beaten.
Jan Oblak then produced an instinctive near-post save to keep out Antonio Barragan’s effort from a tight angle seven minutes from time.
The result leaves second-placed Atletico with 72 points, 11 behind leaders Barcelona who have a game in hand and a superior goal difference of +64.