Atletico Madrid won the LaLiga Santander title on Saturday after coming from behind to beat Real Valladolid 2-1. This was the RojiBlancos’ second Liga title in seven years with the previous one won in 2014.
Atletico headed into the final day tie with Valladolid two points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid. The match was a crucial one for both teams, with Valladolid needing to win to have a shot at escaping relegation and a win being all that stood between Atleti and winning the coveted Liga title
A twist of fate seemed to occur when Valladolid’s Oscar Plano opened the scoring in the 18th minute after beating Jan Oblak at the near post in what finished off a slick counterattack move by the hosts. The Rojiblancos struggled to score an equalizer but were not able to make any headway before the whistle was blown for halftime.
Quickfire chances for Luis Suarez and Josema Giminez 10 minutes after the restart suggested that some steaming words in the dressing room had instilled Simeone’s men with renewed vigor. Finally, the breakthrough came in the 57th minute with a goal from Angel Correa.
Ten minutes later Suarez pounced on a loose pass between the Valladolid defenders and fired the ball into the back of the net to put the visitors ahead. Atleti saw out the rest of the match comfortably without much threat from Valladolid, with Suarez’s strike enough to secure the win and their 11th Liga crown.
Elsewhere, their rivals, Real Madrid also trailed by 1-0 to the Villareal. Madrid rallied in the second half with Karim Benzema grabbing an equalizer in the 87th minute and Luka Modric scoring a late winner in stoppage time. However, their impressive comeback win was not enough to snatch the LaLiga title.
The significance of this is that Zinedine Zidane‘s men end the season trophyless for the first time in a decade. This is quite disturbing for a side that has become used to winning silverware, having won three consecutive Champions League trophies between 2015 and 2018.