Diego Simeone hailed the impact of his second-half substitutes - especially Kevin Gameiro - as Atletico Madrid picked up a valuable 4-1 win away to Sporting Gijon. The game was deadlocked at 1-1 heading into the 80th minute before Gameiro scored a devastating hat-trick in the space of four minutes and 43 seconds - the fastest in LaLiga since Bebeto's against Albacete in 1995. The victory, which follows last week's come-from-behind 3-2 win over Celta Vigo, takes Atletico to within a point of third-place Sevilla in the table, prior to their match with Eibar later on Saturday.
Lionel Messi scored a 90th-minute penalty for his second goal of the night to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over lowly Leganes in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi's spot-kick, following a questionable penalty after Neymar tumbled in the area, saved Barcelona from a second demoralizing result this week after a 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Coach Luis Enrique, however, acknowledged that the match was far from uplifting for a team that is staring at elimination from European competition and is trailing Real Madrid in La Liga.
Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Sunday: SOCCER La Liga Real Sociedad v Villarreal (1100) Valencia v Athletic Club (1515) Celta Vigo