BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid rallied for a thrilling 1-1 tie at Barcelona on Saturday to secure its first Spanish league title in 18 years.
Atletico lost Diego Costa and Arda Turan to injury in the first 22 minutes, and Barcelona seized control at the Camp Nou in the 34th minute on Alexis Sanchez's goal.
But Atletico got the tie it needed when Diego Godin headed home a corner in the 49th minute just after Atletico had found the post.
Atletico needed to avoid defeat to secure the title, and it weathered Barcelona's pressure over a frantic finish to cap an improbable championship.
Atletico's 10th title meant a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid was Spanish champion for the first time since Valencia in 2004.