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szdaily -> Sports -> 
Barca takes 11-point lead; Ronaldo nets 4 for Real
    2018-03-20  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ATLETICO MADRID’S title hopes were further damaged after it conceded two late goals in a 2-1 loss at Villarreal on Sunday, allowing Barcelona to open up an 11-point lead in the Spanish league with nine matches remaining.

Real Madrid, still far behind in the title race, is in third place after a 6-3 win over Girona with four goals by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico looked set to keep pace with Barcelona at the top 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.

“We were controlling the game well but in the end they took advantage of those two plays,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We have to keep doing what we have been doing, keep trying to win as many points as possible.”

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.

Atletico striker Vitolo was sent off after Villarreal’s second goal for shoving an opponent.

Villarreal moved to fifth place with its second straight victory.

Ronaldo scored once in the first half and three times in the second, reaching 21 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions. The Portugal star also set up Lucas Vazquez’s goal at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Gareth Bale scored Madrid’s other goal.

Ronaldo has scored at least one goal in his last eight matches, and he took his league tally to 22 goals, one more than Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and three behind top scorer Messi.

“It’s incredible,” Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said of Ronaldo. “Again he is showing that he is the best.”

It was the fourth straight win in all competitions for Madrid, which moved within four points of Atletico. Madrid is 15 points behind Barcelona.

Messi added to his scoring streak with a first-half goal in Barcelona’s win against Athletic, netting his eighth goal in six matches with a firm, low shot from outside the area in the 30th minute. He was also involved in the runup to Barcelona’s first goal, a shot by Paco Alcacer from near the penalty spot after a low cross by Jordi Alba.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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