BARCELONA, Spain --

Atletico Madrid stumbled in its pursuit of Barcelona for the Spanish league title after conceding two late goals to lose 2-1 at relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

Atletico looked set to maintain its title challenge after Antoine Griezmann scored from a free kick in the 29th minute.

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The visitors' defense had resisted Sporting's attack until a late push produced a free-kick that Antonio Sanabria blasted in with 11 minutes to play.

Sporting's Carlos Castro completed the turnaround with a goal in the 89th just after he appeared to have blown the comeback when he hit the bar with the net wide open.

Barcelona leads second-place Atletico by eight points before visiting fourth-place Villarreal on Sunday.