La Liga roundup: Barca blow lead, but Real Madrid lose; Atleti-co-top

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A roundup of all of the weekend’s action in Spain’s top flight:

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Barcelona 2-2 Deportivo La Coruna

Barcelona blew a two-goal lead, at home, to drop a pair of points on Saturday. Up 2-0 after 62 minutes thanks to a stunning free kick from Lionel Messi (WATCH HERE) and a laser-like first league goal of the season for Ivan Rakitic (below video), the Blaugrana conceded in the 77th and 86th minutes. With the draw, Luis Enrique’s side leads La Liga only on goal differential, as Atletico Madrid took advantage of Saturday’s slip-up and joined them on 35 points this weekend.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Atleti were down 1-0 after 27 minutes, but goals scored by Saul Niguez (45th minute) and Antoine Griezmann (67th minute) inspired the Rojiblancos to victory and a share of the league lead. The game-winner gives Griezmann eight league goals on the season.

Villarreal 1-0 Real Madrid

With their fiercest rivals level on 35 points, we now turn to a lowly Real Madrid side which currently sits five points adrift in third after a 1-0 away defeat to fifth-place Villarreal on Sunday. Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado scored the game’s only goal (below video), in the 8th minute. Madrid held 65 percent of the game’s possession and fired 20 total shots, but manager to put just one on target over 90 minutes. Madrid have now lost three of their last five league games.

Sevilla 2-0 Sporting Gijon

Sevilla rode a brace from Kevin Gameiro to all three points at home against Sporting Gijon, a result which pushes last year’s fifth-place finishers and Europa League winners up to seventh, with a nightmare start to their season now squarely in the rearview mirror.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Celta Vigo 1-0 Espanyol
Eibar 1-1 Valencia
Getafe 1-1 Real Sociedad
Levante 1-2 Granada
Las Palmas 1-0 Real Betis
Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Malaga