Atletico Madrid pip Barcelona to win La Liga title after 18 years

first_imgDiego Godin scored the equaliser as Atletico Madrid held Barcelona to a 1-1 drawAtletico Madrid rallied for a dramatic 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Saturday to secure its first Spanish league title in 18 years.Atletico lost Diego Costa and Arda Turan to injury inside 22 minutes and Barcelona seized control at the Camp Nou in the 34th minute when Alexis Sanchez drove an unstoppable shot into the near corner.Despite the setback, Atletico emerged from the break determined with Diego Godin heading home a corner in the 49th just after Atletico had found the post.Atletico needed to avoid defeat to secure the title and it weathered Barcelona’s pressure over a frantic finish to cap an improbable domestic success.Atletico’s 10th title meant a club besides Barcelona or Real Madrid was Spanish champion for the first time since Valencia in 2004.last_img