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First Division - Day 38

Barcelona 1 - Atlético Madrid 1

Barcelona: Pinto; Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano; Fàbregas (Xavi 76’), Busquets (Alex Song 57’), Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Pedro (Neymar 61’). 4-3-3.
Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi, Tiago, Arda Turan (Raúl García 23’); David Villa, Diego Costa (Adrián 15’, José Sosa 71’).. 4-4-2.

1-0. 34. Alexis. Shot in to top corner of net after Messi chested back Cesc cross.
1-1. 49. Godín. Got above defence to head long Gabi corner down past Pinto.

Yellow cards: Piqué 04’, Godín 35’, Tiago 36’, Messi 45’, Busquets 45’, Filipe Luis 68’, Alex Song 72’, Mascherano 89’, Raúl García 91’.

Atlético Madrid are league champions after holding second placed Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the Nou Camp on Saturday! After failing to beat Málaga last weekend, Simeone’s side needed at least a point in their last match, the first time that the top two had met in an end of season decider in over 60 years. The visitors lost Diego Costa and Arda Turan to injuries early on, and with ten minutes to go to the break Alexis smashed a shot past Courtois after Messi chested back a centre from Fabregás to open the scoring. David Villa hit the post at the start or the second half though, and a couple of minutes later Godín got on the end of Gabi’s corner to head the equalizer. Messi thought he had scored the winner later on only for the strike to be ruled out by the referee for offside, and Courtois had to be at his best to push a long shot from Dani Alves over the bar a few minutes later. But after that Atleti held on to take their tenth league title and their first in 18 years, ending a nine year duopoly between Barcelona and Real Madrid. They can’t celebrate too much right now though, with the Champions League final against city rivals only a week away. Barcelona though end the season with only the Spanish Supercup to their name, and coach Tata Martino announced in the post-match press conference that he is moving on. Celta boss Luis Enrique is expected to be his replacement.