Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to draw with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against the Madrid club to 17 Spanish league matches.

The result also kept Barcelona in the lead, one point in front of Atletico.

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele, front, celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring his side's opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, front, celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring his side’s opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Sevilla has a chance to move past both clubs if it defeats Valladolid at home on Sunday.

Atletico's Diego Costa, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Atletico’s Diego Costa, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Diego Costa put the hosts in front with a 77th-minute header for his first league goal of the season, but Dembele ended Atletico’s hopes of ending its eight-year winless streak against Barcelona with a goal from inside the area in the 90th after a pass by Lionel Messi.

Atletico's Diego Costa, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Atletico’s Diego Costa, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Atletico has only two wins against Barcelona in 27 matches, both in the Champions League, with the last one in 2016. Atletico hasn’t beaten the Catalan club in the league since 2010, before coach Diego Simeone took charge.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 2nd left, runs with the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, 2nd left, runs with the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Barcelona was coming off a 4-3 home loss against Real Betis and entered the match with one of the league’s worst defenses with 18 goals conceded.

Atletico's Rodrigo Hernandez, right, grabs Barcelona's Lionel Messi by the shirt during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Atletico’s Rodrigo Hernandez, right, grabs Barcelona’s Lionel Messi by the shirt during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)

It was an even match from the start, with Barcelona trying to control possession while Atletico held back on defense and tried to take advantage of counterattacks.

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets, left, duels for the ball with Athletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets, left, duels for the ball with Athletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Neither team created significant scoring chances at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium until Costa opened the scoring with a close-range header on a corner taken by Antoine Griezmann. Dembele’s equalizer came with a low left-footed shot past goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Dembele had entered the match in the 80th to replace Arthur.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi drives the ball past Atletico's Antoine Griezmann, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi drives the ball past Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Messi, in his second match since returning from a broken forearm, set up Dembele’s goal but he had not been much of a factor until then.

Barcelona's Arturo Vidal, left, duels for the ball with Athletico Madrid's Diego Costa during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal, left, duels for the ball with Athletico Madrid’s Diego Costa during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona featured the return of central defender Samuel Umtiti, who hadn’t played since the end of September because of a left knee injury. Coach Ernesto Valverde lost midfielder Sergi Roberto just before halftime because of an injury.

Athletico Madrid's Diego Costa, right, duels for the ball with Barcelona's Gerard Pique during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Athletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, right, duels for the ball with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Atletico was without its regular starters in central defense as Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez were injured.

Atletico's Diego Costa, right, jumps for the ball with Barcelona's Sergio Busquets during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Atletico’s Diego Costa, right, jumps for the ball with Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, front right, duels for the ball with Athletico Madrid's Rodri during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, front right, duels for the ball with Athletico Madrid’s Rodri during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Source: The Associated Press

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