Atletico Madrid won La Liga for the first time since 1996 by securing a draw in a pulsating match at Barcelona.

Striker Diego Costa went off injured for Atletico early on and Barcelona capitalised as Alexis Sanchez smashed in a superb opener.

Atletico came out strong in the second half as David Villa hit the post before Diego Godin headed an equaliser.

Barcelona would have won the title with a win and Dani Alves went close with a fierce drive, but Atletico held on.

The final whistle was greeted by wild celebrations from the Atletico players and coaching staff, while the entire Nou Camp stood to applaud Diego Simeone's side as they finally ended the Barcelona-Real Madrid duopoly in Spanish football.

The draw meant Atletico finished first with 90 points, three ahead of Barcelona and Real.

Final La Liga table

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Atletico

38

28

6

4

90

Barcelona

38

27

6

5

87

Real Madrid

38

27

6

5

87

It completed what has been a superb season for Atletico, which has seen them take victory at city rivals Real, as well as win nine league games in succession to go top of the table in March.

Their run faltered slightly towards the end, as they lost to Levante and drew at home to Malaga, but they went into the game against Barcelona knowing a point would be enough to win the title.

If that gave Atletico players any psychological advantage, it was swiftly eradicated when Simeone's side lost two of their key players inside the opening 20 minutes.

Their first casualty was Costa. The striker, with 27 goals in the league this season, had only just returned to the side after missing last week's draw with Malaga, and he lasted just 14 minutes before his hamstring went after a brief sprint.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez's rasping drive midway through the fist half had put Barcelona ahead.

Costa limped off in tears and just seven minutes later it got worse for the visitors. Arda Turan, so often the creator of Atletico's better moves this season, landed on his back awkwardly when challenging for possession and he too was unable to continue.

To Atletico's credit, they did not let that double blow disrupt them as they managed to keep Barcelona at arm's length, whilst also threatening occasionally themselves.

Last 11 La Liga winners

  • 2014: Atletico Madrid
  • 2013: FC Barcelona
  • 2012: Real Madrid
  • 2011: Barcelona
  • 2010: Barcelona
  • 2009: Barcelona
  • 2008: Real Madrid
  • 2007: Real Madrid
  • 2006: Barcelona
  • 2005: Barcelona
  • 2004: Valencia

Atletico's Tiago directed a header over the bar from Koke's inviting cross, before Pedro missed with a similar attempt for Barcelona soon after.

There had barely been a shot on target in the first half hour but it was a moment of brilliance from Sanchez that gave Barcelona the lead.

Cesc Fabregas curled a ball into the box for Lionel Messi who, with his back to goal, chested the ball into the path of an onrushing Sanchez, who smashed a first time effort from the tightest of angles just inside the top right of the Atletico goal.

The half-time whistle provided Simeone the chance to offer words of encouragement to his players, and whatever he said evidently worked as the visitors made a storming start to the second half.

Villa's shot on the turn struck the post, before the former Barcelona striker saw a low, left-footed effort saved by Pinto, but their pressure paid dividends just five minutes after the restart when Gabi whipped a corner into the middle of the area where Godin rose highest to send a bullet header low into the back of the net.

Barcelona needed to regain the initiative if they were to successfully defend the league title and the balance of play quickly swung back in their favour, with the visitors seemingly content to soak up pressure and try and hit the hosts on the counter.

Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid players lofted their coach Diego Simeone in the air after he led them to a first title since 1996.

Messi, quiet for large periods of the game, had the ball in the net midway through the second half, but the Argentine's effort was ruled offside, before Alves struck a shot from distance that seemed destined for the top corner, only for Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois to react superbly to push the ball over his goal.

The Atletico players held their nerve to keep Barcelona at bay in the final 10 minutes before the final whistle confirmed their status as league champions.

With one trophy secured, Simeone will now switch his attention to the Champions League, with Atletico taking on Real Madrid in the final on Saturday, 24 May.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (6)

Barcelona

  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 22 Dani Alves
  • 21 Adriano
  • 16 Busquets Booked (Song - 57' Booked )
  • 03 Piqué Booked
  • 14 Mascherano Booked
  • 04 Fábregas (Xavi - 77' )
  • 08 Iniesta
  • 10 Messi Booked
  • 09 Sánchez
  • 07 Pedro (Neymar - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Xavi
  • 11 Neymar
  • 15 Bartra
  • 17 Song
  • 18 Alba
  • 20 Tello
  • 25 Olazábal Paredes

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Courtois
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 03 Filipe Luis Booked
  • 14 Gabi
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín Booked
  • 10 Turan (Raúl García - 23' Booked )
  • 05 Tiago Booked
  • 19 Diego Costa (Adrián - 16' )
  • 09 Villa
  • 06 Koke

Substitutes

  • 01 Aranzubia
  • 04 Suárez
  • 07 Adrián (Sosa - 72' )
  • 08 Raúl García
  • 12 Alderweireld
  • 21 Diego
  • 24 Sosa
Ref: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Att: 96,973

Match Stats

Shots

11 12

On target

4 3

Corners

4 8

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

90:00 +2:04

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Miranda.

90:00 +1:48 Booking

Booking Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:38

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:38

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

89:43 Booking

Booking Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:32

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

89:32

José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:53

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

85:53

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:42

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:42

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

82:41

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:41

Foul by José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid).

81:49

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

80:00

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

79:59

Attempt saved. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Adriano.

79:46

Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Xavi with a cross following a corner.

79:27

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

79:17

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:17

Foul by David Villa (Atlético de Madrid).

77:21

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:21

Foul by José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid).

76:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Francesc Fábregas.

75:51

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

75:51

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:41

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

74:41

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:17

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Gabi.

72:35 Booking

Booking Alexandre Song (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

72:31

Hand ball by Alexandre Song (Barcelona).

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Adrián.

70:31

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:48 Booking

Booking Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:41

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:41

Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

67:46

Attempt blocked. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

64:34

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

63:59

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:59

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

63:16

Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

61:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Neymar replaces Pedro.

58:54

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:54

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

58:17

Attempt blocked. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

57:40

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:40

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

56:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Sergio Busquets because of an injury.

53:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:55

Delay in match Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) because of an injury.

51:11

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 1. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a corner.

48:08

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Adriano.

47:31

Attempt saved. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

46:00

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

46:00

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:44

David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Koke.

45:00

Second Half begins Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 +2:52 Booking

Booking Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +2:51 Booking

Booking Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +2:50 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 +0:49

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adrián.

44:58

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alexis Sánchez.

44:49

Attempt saved. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

44:32

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Dani Alves.

43:30

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

42:45

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Andrés Iniesta.

41:42

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabi.

38:34

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:34

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

37:22

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:22

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

36:28 Booking

Booking Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:23

Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:23

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

35:21 Booking

Booking Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:58

Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:58

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

34:29

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona).

34:29

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 0. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

29:00

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

29:00

David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:52

Attempt missed. Pedro (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

25:14

Attempt missed. Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Koke with a cross following a corner.

24:41

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

24:39

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl García.

23:12

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

22:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces Arda Turan because of an injury.

19:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:02

Delay in match Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

18:24

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona).

18:24

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:51

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Diego Godín.

15:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Diego Costa because of an injury.

14:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:50

Delay in match Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

11:17

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

10:43

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

6:15

Attempt saved. Adriano (Barcelona) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

5:30

Attempt missed. Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gabi following a set piece situation.

4:42 Booking

Booking Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

4:30

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:30

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

2:33

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dani Alves.

2:10

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

2:10

Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:40

Hand ball by Pedro (Barcelona).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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