Athletico, Real and Barca all win

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Updated: March 30, 2014

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The top of La Liga remained unchanged as Athletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid all delivered crucial wins to keep the title race wide open.

Atletico kept hold of the advantage when they came from behind to get a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, Diego Costa and Koke with the goals that secured them the points.

In a passionate derby match, a Lionel Messi penalty late in the second half gave Barcelona a nervous 1-0 win over Espanyol.

Real Madrid gave their goal difference a boost with an emphatic 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, the goals coming from Christiano Ronaldo, Daniel Carjaval, a brace from Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata.

It was a superb response from Gareth Bale following plenty of criticism pushed his way by the Spanish press over his recent performances, however the Welsh star now has 16 goals and 17 assists in his first 24 games for the Madrid giants.

Athletico remain top on 76, one point clear of Barcelona and three points ahead of Real Madrid.