Atletico Madrid extend lead at top of La Liga

Source : IANS 2021-03-11 12:35:19

Atletico Madrid opened up a six-point lead over FC Barcelona and an eight-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Athletic Club Bilbao.

Atletico started strongly but Bilbao grew into the game and began to control the midfield before Oscar de Marcos's through ball allowed Inaki Williams to pull the ball back for Iker Muniain to score on Wednesday, Xinhua news reported.

The visitors were in charge, but Atletico drew level with the last action of the half when Marcos Llorente headed home Thomas Lemar's cross with the minute of injury time the referee had added on already completed.

The home side took the lead five minutes into the second half after Luis Suarez went down in the Bilbao area after a challenge from Unai Nunez. Although replays showed Suarez has actually trodden on Nunez rather than vice-versa, the decision stood and Suarez sent Unai Simon the wrong way from the penalty spot.