Atletico win La Liga title despite late Real Madrid comeback vs Villarreal

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Atletico Madrid have won La Liga for the first time since 2014 after an action-packed final day in Spain.

Diego Simeone's men only needed to match the result of rivals Real Madrid to keep top spot going in to the final matchday.

And despite falling behind at home to Real Valladolid, Los Colchoneros managed to secure the title by coming from behind to win 2-1.

Zinedine Zidane's Madrid side left it late to avoid a 1-0 defeat at home to Villarreal, thanks to late goals from Karim Benzema and Luka Modric.

But it was wasn't enough – as fans gathered outside the Wanda Metropolitano to celebrate, despite no spectators being allowed inside the stadium to watch the historic victory.

The evening got off to a rocky start for Simeone's side when Oscar Plano put Valladolid ahead after just 18 minutes.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo was spotted on the substitutes bench reacting to the news that had trickled through.

But just two minutes later, Madrid themselves were behind to a Yeremi Pino goal.

After half-time, Benzema found the net for Los Blancos but saw VAR rule out the strike, which would have taken Madrid to within two points of their local rivals.

And shortly after that, Atletico added insult to injury by equalising themselves thanks to Angel Correa.

Former Barcelona man Luis Suarez then inflicted more pain on Florentino Perez's outfit, putting Atleti ahead in the 67th minute.

That was enough for Atletico, who end their seven-year wait for the title, despite Benzema and Modric's late goals giving Madrid a win too.

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Valladolid, owned by former Madrid striker Ronaldo, needed a result for their own final day survival.

Battling Elche, Huesca and Eibar at the bottom, the La Liga struggles needed a win to stay in the top flight.

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