La Liga leader Atletico Madrid’s title bid was derailed again as it was beaten 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday by a late goal from Inigo Martinez, offering Barcelona the chance to go top of the table next week.

Martinez’s bullet header from a corner in the 86th minute delivered a knockout blow to Atletico, who had pulled level with a Stefan Savic header in 77th to cancel out Alex Berenguer’s ninth minute opener.

Atletico leads the table on 73 points but third-placed Barca, on 71 after beating Villarreal 2-1 earlier on Sunday, can go top if it defeats Granada on Thursday.


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Atletico’s defeat adds extra intrigue to a thrilling four-way title race, with three points separating Madrid and fourth-placed Sevilla, who beat Granda 2-1, with five games left.

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