Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, right, reacts after failing to score against Villarreal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
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Atletico Madrid turned up the heat on champions Barcelona when they fought back to secure a 2-1 win at home to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga Sunday as Real Madrid slipped off the pace with a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.Atletico's battling victory put them level at the top on 35 points with Barca, who surrendered a 2-0 advantage and were held 2-2 at home by Deportivo La Coruna Saturday, their second consecutive draw after last weekend's 1-1 stalemate at Valencia.Barca are ahead on goal difference, while Real are five points adrift in third after Roberto Soldado scored against his former club to give fifth-placed Villarreal, who have 27 points, the spoils at the Madrigal.Valencia leveled five minutes from time when the ball ricocheted off home defender David Junca and squirted past 'keeper Asier Riesgo into the net.
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