(CNN) -- Real Madrid capped a disappointing week by being held goalless by Sporting Gijon in the Spanish Primera Liga on Saturday night.
The summer big spenders were missing Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and Ruud van Nistelrooy to leave them short of striking options, and it showed at El Molinon.
Looking to hit back after losing 3-2 at home to AC Milan in the Champions League in midweek, Real were unable to create more than a handful of chances.
The point sees them draw level with arch-rivals Barcelona at the top of the standings, but Barca can go three points clear by beating Zaragoza on Sunday.
The title hopefuls have now won just once in four matches since world-record signing Ronaldo picked up his ankle injury.
"We're without some big players at the moment who score goals," midfielder Guti told Spanish television.
Former World Footballer of the Year Kaka came closest to breaking the deadlock for the visitors, but saw his second-half free-kick brilliantly saved by home goalkeeper Juan Pablo Colinas.
In other action, Borja Valero scored an injury-time equalizer for nine-man Real Mallorca against Atletico Madrid, who are without a coach after the midweek sacking of Abel Resino.
Diego Forlan scored a 52nd-minute penalty to make partial amends for missing from the spot in the first half.
Mallorca's Ivan Ramis was sent off for a second yellow card for handball in the area and they also had Josemi Gonzalez dismissed for the same offence in conceding the first penalty.
In Serie A, Sulley Muntari and Wesley Sneijder were on target as champions Inter Milan beat Catania 2-1 to stay top.
Sampdoria had earlier defeated Bologna 4-1 to briefly head the standings.
Inter were 2-0 up at halftime at the San Siro and held on after Giuseppe Mascara scored a late penalty for Catania.
Daniele Mannini grabbed a brace and Giampaolo Pazzini and Reto Ziegler scored the others in Samp's win.
Inter are on 22 points, two ahead of Sampdoria.
In France, defending champions Bordeaux are back on top after beating Le Mans 3-0 on Saturday, while Lyon slumped to a second straight league defeat with a shock 4-1 loss at lowly Nice.
Bordeaux are one point clear of Monaco, who beat Boulogne 3-1.