The La Liga title race would go down the wire and it was expected because the men of Zinedine Zidane would not surrender easily till the last breathe. Atletico Madrid clinched a late winner, but Barcelona suffered a shock defeat and are out of the contest, while Real Madrid earned full points, which means the winner would be decided on the last day of the La Liga season 2020-21.
Celta Vigo shock Barcelona. Luis Suarez scored a late winner and dashed the hopes of Barca while Real Madrid are still alive and kicking. Everything will be decided in the final match of the season. pic.twitter.com/niOiwXpAmh
At the Wanada Metropolitano, Atleti dominated the game and hit the woodwork twice in the first half before having two goals ruled out for offside but fell behind in the 76th minute when a bullet header from Ante Budimir crossed the line before Jan Oblak could punch it away.
Atletico hit back with an emphatic finish from substitute Renan Lodi in the 82nd minute while top scorer Suarez completed the comeback by firing home from inside the area in the 88th.
Diego Simeone’s side nearly conceded an equalizer deep into added time though when Chimy Avila caught sight of the goal but Oblak got across to parry before grabbing the ball with both hands.
“We had a great first half where we created chances, we weren’t clinical but controlled the game, then Budimir scored a good goal, and the team responded. When we had fewer chances we were more clinical.”
Simeone added of Suarez’s heroics, “Luis came here wanting to prove himself from the first day. It’s true he’s been far from goal but he’s always been there working for the team. He has authority. Who better than him to win a game that we were able to sort out when it was getting away from us.”
At Camp Nou, Lionel Messi gave the hosts a great start by netting his 30th goal of the season for the ninth time in his career.
But Celta were level 10 minutes later through Santi Mina, who scored from the visitors’ first effort on goal.