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Barca now lead LaLiga by 11 points

Published:Sunday | March 18, 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.


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.