A LATE goal from Luis Suarez helped Barcelona keep its unbeaten start to the La Liga season intact with a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid.
Played against the backdrop of political tension as the Catalonian team played for the first time in the Spanish capital this season, Saul Niguez gave the home team an early advantage.
Barcelona doiminated for long spells but Atletico keeper Jan Oblak kept the visitors out and Lionel Messi hit a post with an early free-kick.
The home stopper was eventually beaten and Suarez should have scored the winner with two minutes remainung but failed to connect with Andre Gomes's teasing cross.
Real Madrid's win over Getafe allowed it to move up to second, five points behind Barca.
Cristiano Ronaldo struck an 85th-minute winner - his first league goal of the season - to grind out a hard-fought 2-1 victory for the European champions at Getafe.
Atletico move up to third but remain six points behind the leaders.
Earlier, Ronaldo rode to Real's rescue and made amends for his earlier profligacy with a late winner.
Sevilla slip down to fourth thanks to a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao, with Mikel Vesga scoring the only goal of the game.
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