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Osvaldo's brace rescues Espanyol

Madrid: Argentine striker Pablo Osvaldo scored a brace as Espanyol twice came from behind to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Spanish League at the Cornella-El Prat stadium on Sunday.

Osvaldo scored in each half to take his league tally to 10 goals after teenager Koke and Argentine Sergio “Kun” Aguero had twice put Atletico ahead.

Atletico stays seventh, level on points with sixth-placed Sevilla, while Espanyol is a point behind in eighth place.

Teenage midfielder Koke, a 19-year-old from the youth system, put Atletico ahead in the first minute following a mistake from Ernesto Galan, but Espanyol equalised on 37 minutes thanks to a fortunate deflection.

Argentine Osvaldo claimed his ninth league goal of the campaign with a deflection leaving goalkeeper David de Gea with no chance.

Argentine Aguero, captain for the day, put Atletico 2-1 up with his 14th league goal of the season, producing a fine chipped finish to beat Carlos Kameni.

Osvaldo may have had some luck with his first goal, but there was nothing fortunate about his second as he latched on to a cross with a powerful header to peg back Atletico again on 57 minutes.

Earlier, teenager Iker Muniain scored a dramatic 90th minute winner as 10-man Athletic Bilbao came from behind to defeat Osasuna 2-1 in the Basque derby.

Osasuna, two points above the relegation zone, had taken the lead through Kike Sola on 51 minutes and Bilbao was reduced to 10 men on 58 minutes when Xavi Castillo was given his marching orders for a second yellow card.

However, Spain international Fernando Llorente scored his 16th league goal of the season with a header on 69 minutes to equalise and Muniain, who holds the record of being the youngest player to score in the Spanish top-flight, floated in a sensational winner in the final minute after goalkeeper Ricardo Lopez made a mess of a clearance.

A brace from Frenchman Antoine Griezmann on 32 and 79 minutes helped promoted Sociedad move five points above the drop zone.

Elsewhere, Deportivo La Coruna took a giant stride towards safety with a 2-0 home win over Racing Santander at the Riazor stadium.

In Rome, AC Milan moved ever closer to its first Italian League title since 2004 at the weekend after its closest rivals both suffered surprise losses.

After Milan had steamrolled relegation-haunted Sampdoria 3-0 on Saturday, second-placed Napoli proceeded to go down 2-1 at home to Udinese on Sunday.

Coupled with defending champion Inter Milan's shock 2-0 reverse at struggling Parma on Saturday, Milan now has a six-point cushion over Napoli with only five matches remaining.

The results: Spanish League: Levante 2 (Suarez 4, Juanlu 43) bt Hercules 1 (Trezeguet 81); Deportivo La Coruna 2 (Lassad 45, Xisco 48) bt Racing Santander 0; Real Sociedad 2 (Griezmann 32, 79) bt Sporting Gijon 1 (de las Cuevas 69); Osasuna 1 (Sola 51) lost to Athletic Bilbao 2 (Llorente 69, Muniain 90); Espanyol 2 (Osvaldo 37, 57) drew with Atletico Madrid 2 (Koke 1, Aguero 48).

Italian League: Napoli 1 (Mascara 90+6) lost to Udinese 2 (Inler 55, Denis 62); Lecce 3 (Mesbah 49, Fabiano 88, Corvia 90+4) drew with Cagliari 3 (Acquafresca 20, 72, Conti 67); Fiorentina 0 drew with Juventus 0; Catania 1 (Schelotto 46) lost to Lazio 4 (Lima 40, Mauri 56, Floccari 78, Zarate 90); Cesena 1 (Bogdani 48) bt Bari 0; Chievo 2 (Constant 15, Marcolini 83) bt Bologna 0; Genoa 3 (Rafinha 59, Berardi 71-og, Antonelli 90+4) bt Brescia 0 . — Agencies

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