Barcelona takes 11-point lead; Ronaldo scores 4 for Madrid

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Published 9:56 a.m. ET March 18, 2018 | Updated 6:22 p.m. ET March 18, 2018

MADRID (AP) — 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…

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