Barcelona’s trip to Bilbao would have climaxed with a title celebration but for Ander Herrera’s equaliser on the stroke of full time, while Real Madrid came from behind to win the derby against City rivals Club Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
The Baulgranas were trailing at the half time break after Markel Susaeta tapped in for the host in the 20th minute. It was the introduction of the world footballer of the year Lionel Messi that changed the mentality of the game once again.
Barcelona introduced Messi just before the hour and the Argentine’s solo drive- dancing his way through three Athletic players before stroking into the bottom- left corner- produced the equaliser in the 67th minute.
Alexis Sanchez put Barca in the lead two minutes after the first goal, however any hope of a title celebration were dashed when Ander Herrera lashed in a 90th minute equaliser.
At the Vicente Calderon, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s 4th minute trademark header put the host ahead, but Juanfran diverted Angel Di Maria’s free- kick past his own keeper in the 13th minute to level scores.
Real secured the Madrid bragging right with a Di Maria’s superb finish into the far corner in the 63rd minute. The victory puts Madrid six points ahead of Atletico in second place.
Atletico have failed to win a Madrid derby since 1999 and will wait until May 17 Copa Del Rey final clash.