Madrid: Atletico Madrid came from behind away to Champions League chasing Athletic Bilbao to move back to the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win at San Mames on Saturday. Barcelona had earlier rounded off a fine week by overcoming stiff resistance from local rivals Espanyol to win 1-0 thanks to a late Lionel Messi penalty.
Atletico got off to the worst possible start as Iker Muniain lobbed home the opener after just six minutes, but Diego Costa levelled midway through the first-half. Koke then grabbed the winner 10 minutes into the second period before Athletic's Aymeric Laporte was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.
Barcelona were also made to work for the three points as Messi scored the only goal from the spot 14 minutes from time after Javi Lopez was adjudged to have handled inside the area. Espanyol were then reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Kiko Casilla saw a straight red card for blocking Messi's goalbound effort with his hands outside the area.