Atletico Madrid’s loss gives Barcelona a chance to go top in the Spanish League for the first time this season.
Needing a win to stay in control of the Spanish league, Atletico Madrid stumbled again on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao, giving Barcelona a chance to take over the lead.
Not even the return of Luis Suarez and Joao Felix was enough for Diego Simeone’s team, which could drop to second on Thursday when Barcelona plays eighth-place Granada at home.
Barcelona put pressure on Atletico by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Villarreal earlier Sunday, getting within two points of the lead with a game in hand. Antoine Griezmann scored both goals for the Catalan club.
Atletico will visit Barcelona in two rounds’ time.