Atletico Madrid wins La Liga with draw at Barcelona

Published Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:50 AM by Shane Barrow
Atletico Madrid wins La Liga with draw at Barcelona

Everything was stacked against Atletico Madrid. They would need to go to Barcelona and get a result at the Nou Camp in front of a monster hostile crowd. Things turned even darker through the first 45 minutes of play.

Both Diego Costa and Arda Turan both had to be substituted with injuries in the first 23 minutes of play! Then Alexis Sanchez blasted Barcelona ahead in the 33rd and it looked like Barcelona were well on their way to the title.

Atletico Madrid were not going to go quietly. The ultimate team regrouped at halftime and came out with a true purpose in the second half. The Atletico defense stood strong time after time keeping Lionel Messi in check. This allowed the visitors to get into the offense and hunt for the tying goal.

Diego Simeone worked some kind of magic in the dressing room and his side started the second half on fire, with David Villa striking the post only seconds after the restart before Diego Godin headed them level in the 48th minute, rising highest to power a header into the bottom corner of the goal.

Barcelona would need to score once again and the vaunted Atletico defense were going to have none of it. The tension levels rose but Barca could not find a way past the dogged Atletico defence, who huffed and puffed but never lost their heads as they played the ball out of trouble to frustrate their hosts.

Atletico Madrid earned the 1-1 draw which was enough to earn the La Liga title. The classy Barcelona fans stayed to applaud the league winners, a fitting end to a pulsating title race that came down to the final match.

After the game Barcelona boss Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has announced that he will leave his post as coach after failing to guide the club to the goals they had set falling short in the Champions League and La Liga.