Atletico loses to Villarreal; Barcelona takes 11-point lead

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, duels for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Unai Nunez, left, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid conceded two late goals in a 2-1 loss at Villarreal on Sunday, allowing Barcelona to open an 11-point lead in the Spanish league with nine matches remaining.

Second-place Atletico looked set to keep pace with Barcelona until Enes Unal led Villarreal to a come-from-behind win with goals in the 82nd minute and in injury time.

Antoine Griezmann had put Atletico ahead by converting a first-half penalty kick at Ceramica Stadium.

Barcelona earlier defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 at Camp Nou Stadium with another stellar performance by Lionel Messi, who scored a goal and helped set up the other.

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