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Football: Atletico stay top, Messi penalty edges Catalan derby

Published on Mar 30, 2014 6:11 AM
Atletico Madrid players celebrating a goal against Athletic Bilbao during their Spanish first division match at San Mames stadium in Bilbao on March 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid came from behind away to Champions League chasing Athletic Bilbao to move back to the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win at San Mames on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Barcelona had earlier rounded off a fine week by overcoming stiff resistance from local rivals Espanyol to win 1-0 thanks to a late Lionel Messi penalty.

Atletico got off to the worst possible start as Iker Muniain lobbed home the opener after just six minutes, but Diego Costa levelled midway through the first-half.

Koke then grabbed the winner 10 minutes into the second period before Athletic's Aymeric Laporte was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.

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