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Real Valladolid 1-2 Atletico Madrid: Player ratings as Luis Suarez fires Atleti to title glory

Atletico Madrid clinched their first Spanish league title since 2014 on Saturday afternoon, coming from behind to beat Real Valladolid 2-1 in a dramatic encounter.

Atleti’s afternoon got off to a nightmare start, when they were caught cold from their own corner, and allowed Valladolid to break into their half unchallenged. Oscar Plano raced into the box and beat Jan Oblak to land a huge blow to their title hopes.


Atletico Madrid equalise and take another big step towards the LaLiga title ?⚪

— Premier Sports ? (@PremierSportsTV) May 22, 2021

Despite their need for goals, los Colchoneros failed to make any real inroads in the first half, although Luis Suarez did flash a shot wide of the far post, having worked some space in the penalty area.

Diego Simeone lit a fire under his players in the second half, and Angel Correa responded for the champions, jinking and slaloming through a string of tackles, before poking the ball home from the edge of the area to pull Atleti level.

And 10 minutes later, it was wrapped up – and there was only one man to thank. Suarez latched onto a horribly misplaced back-pass, charged into the box and slotted home with ice in his veins. Atleti survived some nervy moments at the end to hold on and snatch the title from neighbours Real Madrid, sparking wild celebrations on the touchline.

Let’s check out the title-winning player ratings.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Eyes on the ball | CESAR MANSO/Getty Images
Kieran Trippier, Marcos Llorente, Yannick Carrasco
The midfield men | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

3. Forwards

Luis Suarez
Him again | Angel Martinez/Getty Images
Saul Niguez, Joao Felix
The magic man | Angel Martinez/Getty Images

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