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Barca now lead LaLiga by 11 points

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Unai Nunez (left) during their LaLiga match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.

MADRID (AP):

Atletico Madrid conceded two late goals in a 2-1 loss at Villarreal yesterday, allowing Barcelona to open an 11-point lead in LaLiga with nine matches remaining.

Second-place Atletico looked set to keep pace with Barcelona until Enes Unal led Villarreal to a come-from-behind win with goals in the 82nd minute and in injury time.

Antoine Griezmann had put Atletico ahead by converting a first-half penalty kick at Ceramica Stadium.

Barcelona earlier defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 with another stellar performance by Lionel Messi, who scored a goal and helped set up the other.