Atletico Madrid won the Primera Division title for the first time since 2014 and prevailed in a long-distance duel with city rivals Real Madrid. Atletico won 2-1 at relegated Real Valladolid thanks to goals from Angel Correa and Luis Suarez. Real Madrid’s 2-1 win against Villarreal wasn’t enough.
Atletico Madrid are Spanish football champions for the eleventh time. Coach Diego Simeone’s team won 2: 1 (0: 1) at relegated Real Valladolid on Saturday and remained at the top of the table, although city rivals Real Madrid without international Toni Kroos to a late 2: 1 (0: 1) came against Villarreal.
For the first time since 2014, the champions are called Atletico Madrid, with 86 points the “smaller” club from the capital finished the season ahead of Real (84) and FC Barcelona (79). Barca won 1-0 (0-0) at bottom of the table and relegated SD Eibar. Sevilla FC (74), on Sunday (9 p.m. /DAZN) still challenged against Deportivo Alaves, also has the Champions League participation as fourth.
Real Sociedad and Betis Sevilla move into the Europa League in fifth and sixth. In addition to Eibar and the penultimate Valladolid, promoted SD Huesca has to go straight back down to the Segunda division.
In the duel between Atletico and Real, it initially looked like a snail race in the last few meters. Both Atletico and Real fell behind early on. Atletico had been running behind for a while after Valladolid’s Oscar Plano (18th) scored. Only Angel Correa (57th) and Luis Suarez (67th) caused great cheers and the title win on their own.
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Atletico’s coach Diego Simeone, who was also in office in 2014, said: “These two titles cannot be compared, this season was much more complicated and difficult. I am very grateful to the whole team for everyone pulling along.”
Real, where Kroos was absent due to a corona illness, was also behind after 20 minutes, Yeremi Pino scored for Villarreal. The alleged equalization by Karim Benzema (55th) did not initially count because of an offside position.
Later, the Frenchman, who is returning to the national team after five and a half years for the European Championship, scored 1-1 (87th) and then put on the winning goal from Luka Modric (90th + 2).