Suarez delivers La Liga title to Atletico

By: AFP      Published: 11:41 PM, 22 May, 2021
 Suarez delivers La Liga title to Atletico
Atletico Madrid´s players celebrate after winning the Spanish Liga Championship title.

Atletico Madrid were crowned La Liga champions for the first time since 2014 on Saturday as veteran striker Luis Suarez scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Valladolid.

Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-1 but that was not enough to overhaul a two-point deficit.

Suarez scored in the 58th minute after Angel Correa had equalised Oscar Plano's opener for Valladolid.

Real trailed at home to a 20th-minute goal by Yeremi Pino for Villarreal.  Karim Benzema's late headed equaliser and Luka Modric's last-minute goal gave Real victory but it was too little, too late as Atletico claimed the title for the 11th time in their history.

 Spanish La Liga table

Spain La Liga table after Saturday's matches on the final weekend of the season (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Atletico Madrid 38 26  8  4 67 25 86 -- champions

Real Madrid     38 25  9  4 67 28 84

Barcelona       38 24  7  7 85 38 79

Sevilla         37 23  5  9 52 33 74

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Real Sociedad   38 17 11 10 59 38 62

Real Betis      38 17 10 11 50 50 61

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Villarreal      38 15 13 10 60 44 58

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Celta Vigo      38 14 11 13 55 57 53

Athletic Bilbao 38 11 13 14 46 42 46

Granada         37 13  6 18 47 65 45

Osasuna         38 11 11 15 37 48 44

Cadiz           38 11 11 16 36 58 44

Valencia        38 10 13 15 50 53 43

Levante         38  9 14 15 46 57 41

Alaves          37  9 11 17 36 56 38

Getafe          38  9 10 18 28 43 37

Elche           38  8 12 18 34 55 36

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SD Huesca       38  7 13 18 34 53 34 - relegated

Valladolid      38  5 16 17 34 57 31 - relegated

Eibar           38  6 12 19 29 52 30 - relegated

-- Top four qualify for Champions League

-- Fifth and sixth into Europa League

-- Seventh into Europa Conference League

-- Bottom three relegated