Barca, Atletico held in La Liga

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will play a La Liga

title decider at the Nou Camp stadium

next weekend after leaders Atletico drew 1-1 at

home to Malaga and second-placed Barca were

held to a 0-0 stalemate at Elche.

On a day of nerve-jangling tension, when

Atletico came desperately close to a late goal

that would have clinched the championship,

Real Madrid dropped out of the title race

when they suffered a surprise 2-0 loss at Celta

Vigo that left them five points behind their city

rivals with one game remaining.

Samuel Sanchez gave Malaga a shock lead 25

minutes from time at Atletico's packed Calderon

stadium, where the fans have been enjoying the

club's best season in years.

Jose Sosa levelled for the home side, who play

Real in the Champions League final on May 24,

in the 74th minute and Adrian came close to a

winner in stoppage time but was denied by

a brilliant save from Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

At Elche's Martinez Valero arena in Alicante,

Barca created plenty of chances but as so often

this season they failed to take them.

Atletico Madrid stuttering

Their bid for a fifth La Liga title in six seasons

remains alive, however, despite consecutive

draws as Atletico again failed to take advantage

of Barca's stumble.

Real's faint hopes of pipping Atletico and Barca

to the title were extinguished when a Charles

double either side of halftime condemned them

to a defeat that ended their chances of a

Champions League, La Liga and King's Cup


Atletico are top on 89 points from 37 matches,

with Barca on 86 and Real, who were missing

key players through injury at Celta including top

scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, on 84 points.

If Barca beat Atletico next they will be

champions as they would have a better head-to-

head record after the title rivals drew 0-0 at

the Calderon in Madrid in January.

A draw would be enough for Atletico to secure

their first domestic league title since 1996,

when current coach Diego Simeone was in the

team, and become the first team other

than Spain's wealthy big two to win La Liga since

Valencia in 2004.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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