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Atletico Madrid clinch La Liga title thanks to Luis Suarez winner

FOOTBALL By Reuters | May 23rd 2021
Football - La Liga Santander - Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid - Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain - May 22, 2021. Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez scores their second goal. [REUTERS/Juan Medina]

Atletico Madrid pipped city rivals Real Madrid to the La Liga title on Saturday after Luis Suarez fired them to a 2-1 comeback win at Real Valladolid.

Valladolid took a shock lead in the 18th minute when Oscar Plano slotted past Jan Oblak to complete a sweeping counterattack after Yannick Carrasco had lost control of the ball following an Atletico corner.

Just as they had done in last week's comeback win over Osasuna, Atletico missed a series of clear opportunities but they drew level after a moment of magic from Angel Correa, who danced his way through the defence before arrowing into the bottom corner in the 57th minute.

Suarez then pounced on a giveaway by the Valladolid defence to score in the 67th and put Atletico on their way to a victory that would secure the title no matter what happened in Real Madrid's game at home to Villarreal.

Atletico finished top of the standings on 86 points while Real, who snatched a late 2-1 win over Villarreal, came second on 84. Valladolid finished 19th and were relegated to Spain's second division. 

Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates. [REUTERS/Juan Medina]
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