Atletico Madrid capped off a week to forget with a 2-0 away loss to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday in La Liga, a defeat that could leave them 10 points behind first-placed FC Barcelona by the end of the weekend.
Four days after a crushing 3-0 round-of-16 second-leg loss to Juventus that eliminated them from the Champions League (by a count of 3-2 on aggregate), the Colchoneros put in a poor peformance in Matchday 28 of 38 action at San Mames Stadium in this northern Spanish city.
Both goals came toward the end of the match and were scored thanks to two players - Iñigo Cordoba and Kenan Kodro - who had taken the field just moments before those game-deciding plays.
The first came in the 73rd minute when Cordoba sent in an angled pass that traveled between Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak and a defender before reaching Iñaki Williams, who tapped the ball home.
Kodro finished off the second scoring play in the 85th minute, when he received a pass from Ibai Gomez and fired a shot that hit off Atleti midfielder Rodrigo and traveled just beyond the reach of a leaping Oblak and into the back of the net.
Atletico, meanwhile, appeared to still be licking their wounds from Tuesday's loss in Turin, Italy, and did not attempt a single shot on goal in the first half.
The visitors were more effective in attack in the second half and clamored for two penalties that fell on deaf ears.
They also had a good chance to pull one back on a powerful shot by Thomas Partey in the dying minutes of the match, but Athletic keeper Iago Herrerin was up to the task.
Afterward, Atletico head coach Diego Simeone admitted it was difficult for his players to get up for Saturday's match in the wake of their Champions League disappointment.
"After the bad match in Turin, we had trouble getting going in the first half and didn't create any danger. The second half was different. The team showed they wanted to win and we had some chances to score, but we didn't do it and they capitalized very well on the ones they had," Simeone said.
The loss leaves Atletico (56 points) with just a two-point lead over third-placed Real Madrid in La Liga, while Barcelona (63 points) can move 10 points clear of the Colchoneros with a win on the road Sunday against Real Betis.