La Liga & Serie A roundup: Atleti lose, title is Barca’s; Roma, Inter draw

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

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Sporting Gijon 2-1 Atletico Madrid

If Barcelona weren’t already the champions-elect, they will be with a victory on Sunday after second-place Atletico Madrid fell to 19th-place Sporting Gijon away from home on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann (17th league goal in 30 games) put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes, but an epic Atleti meltdown and a pair of late Sporting goals in the 79th and 89th minutes (below videos) resigned Diego Simeone’s side to defeat. A win on Sunday would put Barca 11 points clear of Atleti with eight games left to play.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Real Sociedad 0-1 Las Palmas
Granada 2-2 Rayo Vallecano
Deportivo La Coruña 2-1 Levante
Real Betis 0-1 Malaga

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 29 24 3 2 84 22 62 14-1-0 10-2-2 75
Atlético Madrid 30 21 4 5 46 14 32 10-3-1 11-1-4 67
Real Madrid 29 19 6 4 83 28 55 12-1-2 7-5-2 63
Villarreal 29 15 8 6 35 23 12 11-2-2 4-6-4 53
Sevilla 29 13 9 7 43 31 12 13-0-2 0-9-5 48

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Espanyol vs. Athletic Bilbao (7 a.m. ET)
Villarreal vs. Barcelona (11 a.m. ET)
Valencia vs. Celta Vigo (1:15 p.m. ET)
Real Madrid vs. Sevilla (3:30 p.m. ET)


Roma 1-1 Inter Milan

Any hopes Roma may have had of re-entering the Serie A title race went up in smoke when they dropped a pair of points at home against Inter Milan on Saturday. Having done so, the gap between them, in third, to leaders Juventus is now seven points, with the four-time defending champions still to play on Sunday. Ivan Perisic put the visitors ahead on 59 minutes, but Radja Nainggolan managed to steal a point for the Romans with his 84th-minute equalizer. Inter remain five points back of Roma in the race for Italy’s third and final UEFA Champions League place.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Empoli 0-0 Palermo

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 29 21 4 4 51 15 36 11-2-1 10-2-3 67
Napoli 29 19 7 3 59 23 36 11-3-0 8-4-3 64
Roma 30 17 9 4 62 31 31 10-4-1 7-5-3 60
Inter Milan 30 16 7 7 40 28 12 10-2-3 6-5-4 55
Fiorentina 29 16 6 7 50 32 18 10-3-2 6-3-5 54
AC Milan 29 13 9 7 39 30 9 9-3-2 4-6-5 48

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Atalanta vs. Bologna (7:30 a.m. ET)
Hellas Verona vs. Carpi (10 a.m. ET)
Sampdoria vs. Chievo (10 a.m. ET)
Frosinone vs. Fiorentina (10 a.m. ET)
Sassuolo vs. Udinese (10 a.m. ET)
Torino vs. Juventus (10 a.m. ET)
Napoli vs. Genoa (1 p.m. ET)
AC Milan vs. Lazio (3:45 p.m. ET)