Suarez the difference-maker again as Atletico secure La Liga title


Chaos in Spain sees Luis Suarez prove difference-maker once again as Atletico wrestle La Liga title away from Zidane’s Real

 

The La Liga title race came to a typically pulsating end this evening, with Atletico Madrid, when all was said and done, having done enough to get over the line.

Suarez strikes

The vast majority of final round fixtures in the Spanish top-flight played out a short time ago.

The stakes remained high across the board ahead of the action getting underway, with the race for all of the title, European spots and survival having remained very much alive.

It was the battle for supremacy, however, which understandably took centre stage in the pre-match chatter, amongst fans and media outlets alike.

This came with Madrid giants Atletico and Real having both remained in with a shot of clinching glory.

It was of course Diego Simeone’s Atleti who boasted the advantage ahead of the final day fixtures getting underway, having sat two points clear of champions Real in 2nd.

Chaos in Spain sees Luis Suarez prove difference-maker once again as Atletico wrestle La Liga title away from Zidane’s Real

Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone looks on before the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) football match between Cultural and Deportiva Leonesa and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Reino de Leon stadium in Leon, on January 23, 2020. (Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP) (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

And, when all was said and done on Saturday, the Rojiblancos clung on to their advantage, to get the job done.

A chaotic chain of events unfolded at both the José Zorrilla and Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, as, incredibly, Atletico and Real headed into the interval a goal down.

Then, just when it appeared as though things had swung in the favour of the latter, a staggering turn of events saw Atleti put one hand on the La Liga trophy.

First, shortly before the h0ur mark, Karim Benzema nodded Real level versus Villarreal.

A lengthy VAR check, however, saw the Frenchman’s finish ruled out, almost at the exact moment that Angel Correa went on to bag an equaliser at Real Valladolid:

Then, 10 minutes later, the evening’s telling moment was forthcoming.

After being slipped through one-on-one courtesy of a horror mistake at the back, Luis Suarez slotted home at the near post, completing the Atletico turnaround for the 2nd week running:

And though Real, in the end, mounted a late comeback to put Villarreal to the sword by two goals to one, the efforts of Zinedine Zidane and co. proved in, as the La Liga title heads to the red and white half of the Spanish capital for the first time since 2014.

 

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