Llorente double defeats Atletico in Bilbao

Atletico Madrid's miserable run continued when they were beaten 3-0 at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Thursday, a fifth consecutive game without a win leaving them down in 12th place with 10 points from nine matches.

Bilbao struck three times in eight second-half minutes at their rain-lashed San Mames stadium, Spain striker Fernando Llorente netting twice and substitute Gaizka Toquero adding the third with a quarter-of-an-hour left.

The Basque club's third win in four matches lifted them to eighth on 12 points as their revival gathered pace following a poor start under new Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa.

In the earlier kick-off, Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani scored a 75th-minute winner for Espanyol as the Barcelona-based side beat promoted Real Betis 1-0 to climb to sixth on 15 points.

On Wednesday, surprise leaders Levante (23 points) stayed top by beating Real Sociedad 3-2.

Real Madrid are a point back in second thanks to a 3-0 win at home to Villarreal on Wednesday. Champions Barcelona are third, a further point adrift, after Tuesday's 1-0 triumph at Granada.


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