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Football: Emotional Barca battle back, Atletico edge towards title

Published on Apr 28, 2014 5:58 AM
Barcelona's players hold a minute's silence for former Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova during the Spanish league football match against Villarreal at El Madrigal stadium in Villarreal on April 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona maintained their slight La Liga title hopes as they came from 2-0 down to beat Villarreal 3-2 on an emotionally-charged night at El Madrigal when players and fans remembered Tito Vilanova.

However, Atletico Madrid remain in the driving seat for their first title in 18 years as they ground out a 1-0 win away to Valencia.

The Catalans paid their respects to former coach Vilanova with a minute's silence before the game, but a miserable week looked set to end with a sixth league defeat of the season as Cani and Manu Trigueros gave Villarreal a commanding lead.

However, own goals from Gabriel and Mateo Musacchio brought Barca level before Lionel Messi grabbed the winner eight minutes from time.

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