Brazilian Costa finished low into the far corner for his 33rd goal of the season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid recovered from two consecutive league defeats to beat Rayo Vallecano 5-0 Saturday. Atletico Madrid remain top of La Liga as they came from behind away to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1, while Barcelona rounded off a fine week by overcoming stiff resistance from local rivals Espanyol to win 1-0 thanks to a late Lionel Messi penalty.Victory for all three title contenders means that Atletico maintain their one-point lead over Barcelona with Real a further two points adrift in third.It was a far tougher day for Atletico and Barca as they had to grind out difficult wins away from home.Atletico did get the game's all-important third goal, though, as Costa fed Filipe Luis on the left and his cross was headed home at close range by Koke.Barcelona were also made to work for the three points as Messi scored the only goal from the spot 14 minutes from time after Javi Lopez was adjudged to have handled inside the area.
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