Bad weather played havoc with league action across Europe -- games were postponed in England and France -- and Atletico Madrid's La Liga match against
Athletic Bilbao in March was stopped when Atletico fans bombarded Athletic goalie Gorka Iraizoz
Fans had begun the barrage
before the game and were warned by the PA announcer to stop.
In the fifth minute, referee Cesar Muniz Fernandez was forced to stop the game for a minute because of the
continuous throwing of snowballs.
Atletico lost, 3-2, after taking an early lead. The result put increasing pressure on its Mexican coach, Javier
Elsewhere, Barcelona maintained its 12-point lead when Lionel Messi
scored in the 84th minute to complete its comeback and give
it a 3-2 win over last-place Osasuna.
Osasuna pulled ahead, 2-1, in the second half on goals by Miguel Flano
and Walter Pandiani
and led until Xavi
, making his 300th league appearance, equalized in the 80th minute.
Four minutes later, Messi won
the game with a thunderous strike for his 11th goal of the season.
Barca needs only one point in its next game to break the record it now shares with Real Madrid for points at the
halfway point of the season (47). It has 15 wins and two ties since losing its opening game.