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Atletico Madrid 2-1 Athletic: Diego Simeone’s men move six points clear at the top of LaLiga as Luis Suarez brilliant form continues

Atletico Madrid moves six points clear at the top of the LaLiga standings thanks to a tricky win against a plucky Athletic Bilbao side.

A headed finish from Llorente cancelled out Muniain’s early strike for the visitors in the first half before Suarez calmly slotted home a penalty in the second half to ensure Atletico take the three points on offer.

Luis Suarez now has 18 goals in the domestic competition, only the best mate he left behind at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has scored more.

Atletico made all the early noise and Felipe headed on to the post although he had been offside when the ball was played.

But Athletic Bilbao’s slow start was deceiving and in 21 minutes, hardly without raising their voices, they were in front.

Inaki Williams ran between centre-backs Mario Hermoso and Felipe and crossed for Iker Muniain who fired a shot past Jan Oblak.

He struck it with his standing foot but not hitting it cleanly seemed to help it past the Slovenian keeper.

This was the 10th time in the last 11 games that Atletico had conceded in a game – not great from a team that conceded just six goals in the first 12 games of the season.

Yannick Carrasco steered Atletico’s attempts to get back into the game but his two chances from outside the area were both comfortably saved by Unai Simon.

Almost as it seemed Athletic would make it to the break-in front Marcos Llorente headed Atletico level.

And the league is very much Atletico’s to lose with Barcelona and Real Madrid now relying on Diego Simeone’s side collapsing in the run-in.

Next up for Atletico is a Madrid derby against lowly Getafe on Saturday evening whilst Bilbao travels to Celta Vigo on Sunday afternoon in a battle of two European qualification contenders.

John NM
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