Atlético hold their first Spanish league title since 2014
By TALES AZZONI
MADRID (AP) – Atlético Madrid survived a dramatic final to clinch their first Spanish league title since 2014 with a 2-1 victory from behind in Valladolid on Saturday.
Luis Suárez scored the winner for Atlético by beating Real Madrid for the title in a wild final that had a lot of twists and turns with the other two title contenders playing at the same time.
Madrid were unable to repeat as champions despite rallying to defeat Villarreal 2-1 at home.
The results left Atlético two points ahead of Madrid at the end of the 38-round season, giving Diego Simeone’s side their second league title in 25 years. Atlético’s previous league title dates back to 1996, when Simeone was still playing for the club.
Atlético’s 11th league title ended a seven-year domination by Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain. Since 2014, Barcelona had won the league four times and Madrid twice, including last season.
Real Madrid have been trying to win back-to-back league trophies for the first time since 2007-08.
Barcelona were not in contention in the finals.
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Associated Press writer Joseph Wilson contributed to this report from Barcelona, Spain.