Football: Sporting collapse leaves Atletico's La Liga title bid in tatters

Sporting Gijon's defender Isma Lopez (left) vies for the ball with Atletico Madrid's French Antoine Griezmann.
Sporting Gijon's defender Isma Lopez (left) vies for the ball with Atletico Madrid's French Antoine Griezmann.PHOTO: EPA

MADRID (AFP) - Sporting Gijon scored twice in the final 11 minutes to deliver a huge blow to Atletico Madrid's Primeria Liga title challenge with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Antoine Griezmann's stunning first-half free kick put Atletico in front.

However, Atletico felt the after-effects of their efforts in seeing off PSV Eindhoven after extra time and penalties in the Champions League in midweek as Antonio Sanabria and Carlos Castro turned the game around in the final stages.

Barcelona can now move 11 points clear at the top when they travel to Villarreal on Sunday.

Third-placed Real Madrid can also close the gap on Atletico to a point when they host Sevilla.

Victory took Sporting to within a point of survival as Granada and Rayo Vallecano stayed just out of the drop zone with a 2-2 draw.

Youssef El Arabi twice put Granada in front, but Pablo Hernandez and Ze Castro replied for the Madrid side.

Levante remain rooted to the bottom, four points off safety, as goalkeeper Diego Marino's unfortunate own goal handed Deportivo la Coruna a 2-1 win - their first in 2016.

Las Palmas continued their march towards safety thanks to Willian Jose's solitary to secure a fourth win in five games, 1-0 away to Real Sociedad.

Malaga moved up to eighth with Ignacio Camacho's late winner in a 1-0 win at Real Betis.