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What did you make of the game? In fact, what did you make of the title race in Spain this season? Did Atletico Madrid deserve to win it? Can they now win the Champions League? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
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Atletico Madrid are league champions and applause rings round the Camp Nou from the Barcelona fans! What an achievement by Simeone and his players. This is the coaching achievement of the decade. The Clasico duopoly has been broken!
94'
FULL TIME: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid. ATLETICO MADRID ARE LA LIGA CHAMPIONS!
93'
The corner kick causes a bit of panic but Atletico clear the danger!
93'
Barca win a corner. Up comes Pinto!
92'
For a moment Atletico come forward on the counter attack, but Song makes the interception just in time to stop Luis from breaking through. Barca come forward again.
91'
All 10 outfield Barcelona players are in the Atletico Madrid half! Xavi is acting as quarterback as they search for the one goal that would see them win the title. But the away side is holding firm!
90'
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
89'
The Barcelona anthem is ringing round the Camp Nou. Barcelona have the ball and are trying to pick their way through the Atletico backline. Will they get one more chance?
88'
Filipe Luis surges up the left wing and turns back to waste some time with a short pass to a teammate. Atletico Madrid are trying to suffocate the game and are doing quite a good job of it.
87'
Simeone is jumping about on the touchline, heading and kicking every ball with his players. I'm surprised he hasn't joined in with the game yet. His team are giving it everything they've got.
86'
Less than five minutes to go and Atletico are on course for their first league title since 1996. What an achievement this would be. But there's still some work to be done. Barca will crank it up now.
85'
Pique is playing as a full-on striker now. It means that when Atletico come forward they're finding a threadbare Barcelona at the back.
84'
Penalty claim! Pique goes down under the challenge of Godin, as the Barca defender looks to connect with a cross. There was certainly contact between the two players. Godin is lucky to get away with that.
83'
Oh Pinto! Atletico play a cross into the box from the left side, but the Barca keeper comes off his line and flaps at it. He hasn't looked very convincing today. Barcelona definitely missing Valdes.
82'
Barcelona are scrambling now. They're flinging crosses into the box and lumping balls forward. This is very un-Barca like, but if it gets them a goal to clinch the league title I doubt anyone will care.

Diego Simeone still so animated on the sideline. His team really is a reflection of his intensity. | Barça 1-1 Atléti | 80'

80'
Good save by Courtois! Alves pings a shot at goal from 25 yards but the Belgian keeper is behind it and tips it over the bar. You would expect him to make the save, but decent nonetheless.
79'
Indeed, Barcelona are cranking up the pressure but they're coming up against a brick wall. Atletico are arguably the best defensive side in Europe and for the moment, they're holding firm.
77'
The midfield maestro is on. Barcelona need him now more than ever. Can he pick the pass to unlock the Atletico Madrid defence? Remember, one goal for the Catalans would completely change the picture.
Barcelona Substitution
76'
 
Barcelona sub: Cesc Fabregas OFF, Xavi ON.
75'
Gabi throws a freekick into the mix for Godin to jump for. The defender wins the header and tries to find a teammate at the back post, but Mascherano gets across to make the interception just in time.
74'
Atletico Madrid are already starting to waste time. They've taken it to the corner a few times now. They know that a single goal could change the entire complexion of a season.
73'
Song takes a booking and he's probably quite glad to. Atletico Madrid were on the break, with Barca short at the back. He cut out a pass to Sosa with his arm. The phrase 'taking one for the team' springs to mind.
72'
 
YELLOW CARD: Alex Song (Barcelona)
Atlético de Madrid Substitution
71'
 
Atletico Madrid sub: Adrian Lopez OFF, Jose Sosa ON.
70'
Barcelona win a freekick on the very edge of the Atletico box. Messi is made to wait an age to take it, with jostling inside the area, but when he finally hits it, it's disappointing. He smashes it into the wall.

All 20 outfield players well inside the Atletico half.

68'
The noise inside the Camp Nou is deafening. The game is matching up to the atmosphere as well! What a dramatic finish to the Spanish league season.
67'
Even Pique is being sent up as something of a fourth striker! They're getting desperate. Can Atletico hold out? They have just over 20 minutes to go. Simeone is on the touchline going absolutely crazy.
66'
Barcelona are cranking up the pressure. Atletico are sinking deeper and deeper into their own half. In fact, they're pretty much inside the own box at the moment. They can't even get forward on the break!
65'
Looking at replays of that disallowed goal, the linesman made the correct call. Messi was at least a yard onside when the ball deflected off Fabregas inside the area.
64'
 
Messi has the ball in the back of the net but it's been disallowed! The cross from Alves caused mayhem in the box, with the ball eventually falling to the Barca number 10, who slammed i high into the net. But the flag was up!
63'
Can Barcelona's most expensive signing come to their rescue? Neymar has been brought on for Pedro. He needs to spark Messi into life, because so far he's done very little.
62'
 
Barcelona sub: Pedro OFF, Neymar ON.
Barcelona Substitution
61'
The information from the Atletico Madrid bench is that Costa's injury is a recurrence of the hamstring injury he suffered earlier in the season. That could be a big problem ahead of the Champions League final.
60'
Now Barcelona have an injury of their own to contend with. Busquets has been brought off after clashing hips with Tiago. Bringing on Song rather than Xavi was a bold move by Martino.
59'
Messi's freekick from 25 yards if cleared on the edge of the box, but not very well and Song sets up Iniesta for the volley. However, his effort is charged down. Atletico are throwing themselves at everything!

If leaving Xavi on the bench was a bold move, leaving him there and bringing Alex Song on is effectively kicking him in the nadgers.

Barcelona Substitution
57'
 
Barcelona sub: Sergio Busquets OFF, Alex Song ON.
56'
Alves whips a cross into the six yard box looking for one of his teammates. But with Courtois staying on his line, it evades everyone and drifts out the other side for a throw in.
55'
Pinto takes control of a back-pass a little too close to his line for comfort, with Garcia charging down the Barcelona keeper. He gets rid of it before a tackle can come in, but he doesn't look comfortable with the ball.
54'
Barcelona are increasingly having to play on the counter attack, as they struggle to make the ball stick in the centre of midfield. How often do you say that about a Barcelona team?
53'
Atletico Madrid aren't allowing Barcelona to settle. Their pressing game has been cranked up since half time. This is remarkable to watch. They just won't give up. Simeone's side has incredible character.

Koke: Only Ángel Di María has picked up more assists in La Liga this season than Koke (14) #Atleti

50'
The tackles are flying in all over the place and Garcia tries to bundle his way through the Barcelona defence, but Pique gets his challenge in just in time to stop the Atletico midfielder.
49'
What a response from Atletico, and now they have something to hold on to. This would go down as a performance for the ages if they were to pull this off. Atletico are fired up for sure!
Atlético de Madrid Goal

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48'
 
GOAL! Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1 (48 mins - Diego Godin). Atletico have their equaliser! Godin leaps above everyone in the penalty box to power home a header! It's a free header! Terrible defending.
48'
HALF TIME: Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid
47'
Garcia tries his luck from long range, but he gets no real purchase on his strike and it dribbles wide of the target. This has been a good response in the last 10 minutes or so from Atletico Madrid.
46'
Simeone has his side fired up for the start of the second half. Garcia attempts an overhead kick inside the box but he doesn't make a connection and the chance is gone for Atletico Madrid.
46'
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
45'
We're back under way at the Camp Nou!
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Barcelona go into the break 1-0 up, with Atletico without Costa and Turan. Is there any way back for Simeone's men? Is this now a case of how many can Barca score? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
45'
Tiago plays a deep cross to the back post, where Adrian looks set to head into the net, but Alves gets across in time to divert behind for a corner kick, which eventually comes to nothing. Atletico are pressing.
44'
I spoke too soon. Atletico are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment and are scrambling for the goal that would see them go into the break level.
43'
Garcia lines up a shot from the best part of 25 yards but it's somewhat tame and Mascherano makes the block before it even reaches Pinto in the Barcelona goal. Atletico are struggling to create anything.
42'
Now Alves tries to dribble past Filipe Luis but the Brazilian left back sees the ball out of play. Good defending by the Atletico man.
41'
Alves has been left in space so many times down the right side, but is crossing has been extremely poor so far. Almost every delivery has been overhit, and the Barca players are starting to tell him so.
40'
Messi gets a chance to drive at the Atletico backline for the first time, and the Camp Nou crowd rise to push him on. He angles a pass out to Alves on the right, but the cross is too long and the chance is gone.
39'
Atletico are rattled. They're looking a little frayed and are struggling to string their passes together, and are taking out their frustration with ill-timed challenges. Will they be made to rue last week's draw against Malaga?
38'
 
YELLOW CARD: Tiago (Atletico Madrid)
36'
 
YELLOW CARD: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
35'
If things were to stay the same Barcelona would claim the league title on the basis of their head-to-head record against Atletico Madrid.
34'
So how do Atletico Madrid respond to that blow? They're without Costa and Turan and now they're a goal down. Simeone's men are up against it, and then some. Time for them to show for they're made of.
33'
 
GOAL! Barcelona 1 (33 mins - Alexis Sanchez) Atletico Madrid 0. What a goal! It was hardly a chance and Alexis smashed in a strike at the near post. Courtois didn't stand a chance! Unbelievable strike.
Barcelona Goal

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Alexis spending more time in the middle and Messi elsewhere in last five mins or so.

31'
We've seen next to nothing from Messi so far, which is strange because he's playing with the two guys he normally excels with: Pedro and Alexis. Are Atletico stiffling him or is it his own level that's below par?
30'
Adrian tries to pick out Villa in the box with a low pass, but it's all a little bit too intricate and Pique cuts out the pass. Then the ball comes in from Koke and it drifts long for a goal kick. Needs to be better.
29'
The referee is stamping down on any harsh tackles from either sides. I expect to see quite a few more yellow cards before this one it out.
28'
Pique plays the ball back to Pinto, as they so often do. But the Barca keeper gets in a fluster and punts it out of play under pressure from Garcia. That's where Martino's side miss Valdes. He's so much better on the ball.

Costa's tears possibly not just for today or next weekend. Spain's first World Cup match was 5 weeks yesterday

26'
Pedro should have done better! The cross comes into the box from a deep position, and the winger gets up early to make a connection. But he almost gets up too early, and heads the ball well over the bar.
25'
And now Atletico Madrid come forward on the attack. The ball falls to Koke on the edge of the box but Pique charges it down to make the block. Pinto had already started making his move.
24'
Decent chance for Alexis! Alves crosses the ball into the box from the right side, with the Chilean forward rising highest above Godin to direct a header towards goal. But Courtois makes the save and gathers.
23'
A look of disbelief spreads across the face of Simeone. If his team are going to do this they are going to do it the hard way. Two of their most important players have been injured in the opening 20 minutes of this game.
Atlético de Madrid Substitution
22'
 
Atletico Madrid sub: Arda Turan OFF, Raul Garcia ON.
21'
Turan tries to carry on but he's broken down and he's going to come off. What a blow for Simeone and Atletico.
20'
And now Turan has taken a knock and is down on the turf. Garcia is warming up on the sidelines. Are things about to get worse for Atletico Madrid? This doesn't look good for the Turkish international.
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Awful to see for any football fan @davidjaca Diego Costa in tears on the bench...ufff. http://t.co/oCgqGANDAG

18'
Adriano whips a wicked cross into the penalty are from the left side, but Godin takes no chances and heads behind for a Barcelona corner kick. There were Barca players lurking at the back post.
17'
Indeed, the change is made and Costa is in tears on the bench. He's not the most popular figure in the sport but you have to feel for him. If I were to guess I'd say he's a doubt for the Champions League final next week.
16'
 
Atletico Madrid sub: Diego Costa OFF, Adrian Lopez ON.
Atlético de Madrid Substitution

Ronaldo didn't even finished the warm up, Diego Costa lasted 13 minutes. Champions League final in a week...

14'
It looks like Costa is coming off here. Simeone is down on the touchline sorting out his substitution. That's a huge blow for Atletico, especially with the Champions League final also on the horizon!
13'
Uh oh! Atletico Madrid come forward on the break, with Villa looking for Costa out left. But the Spanish international has slowed up and is now down on the turf. Has he aggrevated that injury he's carrying?
12'
Atletico are just starting to impose themselves on the game now. The Camp Nou crowd are trying to get involved and push their team forward. The atmosphere is electric and you can't always say that about a Barca game.
11'
Wild from Pique! Koke angles a pass to the back post, where Costa squares it back into the six yard box. But under little pressure the defender slices over his own bar. That was a bit nervy! He needs to calm down.
10'
It's been a high tempo start to the game. Which is slightly unusual to see from Barcelona. They normally start quite slowly but this is a very different side under Martino.
9'
Barca have started the better of the two teams here, but that might suit Atletico. Under Simeone they like to sit deep and soak up pressure before hitting hard on the counter attack.
8'
Adriano is in the side to provide a bit more of a cutting edge down the left side, and that's what's he's doing. He cuts inside onto his right foot and smashes an effort towards goal, but Courtois gets behind it.
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YELLOW CARD: Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
6'
Pique is penalised for a foul on Koke. That was slightly harsh on the Barca centre back. I'm not sure if there was a lot he could have done to avoid contact with the Atletico midfielder.
5'
There are close to 98,000 Barcelona supporters inside the Camp Nou for this one. How many Atletico fans you ask? 480. Yup, less than 500. They don't really believe in away support in Spain.
4'
Pedro breaks away down the left wing but the referee brings it back for a hand ball. Cue anguished look on the winger's face.
3'
Barcelona's players look in the zone but they come up against an Atletico side that are never not in the zone, at least under Simeone. This will be the ultimate test of their season so far.
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We're under way at the Camp Nou!
16:55
Diego Simeone: "We have always kept the same identity. I do not think this will change for the last game. Personality will be important. To have arrived at this point, we have put in a lot of work and effort. It has not been easy, but we are here on merit."
16:50
So here are the implications: Barcelona need to win to claim the league title, while Atletico need a win or a draw to keep their place at the top of the table. Will they shut up shop and play for a draw?
16:45
Pre-match odds: Barcelona 4/5, Draw 13/5, Atletico Madrid 7/2

Adriano in for Alba might actually be a blessing in a way. Sloppily allow Atleti to break too easily and it could be all over.

16:35
No Alba, Xavi or Neymar for Barcelona, while both Costa and Villa make the starting lineup for Atletico Madrid.
16:30
TEAM NEWS: Barcelona - Pinto, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas, Alexis, Pedro, Messi. /// Atletico Madrid - Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Turan, Villa, Costa.
16:20
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter ahead of the game. Who do you fancy? Will Barcelona claim the win and subsequently the title? Or can Atletico Madrid get the job done? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
16:15
Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Spanish title showdown between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in at the Camp Nou. Kick-off: 17:00.

Starting Line-ups

Barcelona
Atlético de Madrid
    • 13
      Pinto
    • 21
      Adriano
    • 14
      Mascherano
    • 3
      Piqué
    • 6
      Dani Alves
    • 8
      Iniesta
    • 5
      Busquets
    • Fàbregas
    • Pedro
    • 10
      Messi
    • Sánchez
Team Manager:  Luis Enrique
    • Villa
    • Diego Costa
    • Turan
    • 14
      Gabi
    • 5
      Tiago
    • 6
      Koke
    • 20
      Juanfran
    • Miranda
    • 2
      Godín
    • 3
      Filipe Luis
    • Courtois
Team Manager:  Diego Simeone
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
PintoDFP
0 2 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. PiquéDFP
0 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
J. MascheranoDFP
0 0 0 3 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
AdrianoDFP
0 0 1 1 5 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
Dani AlvesDFP
0 0 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. IniestaDFP
0 0 0 51 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
C. FàbregasDFP
0 0 0 54 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 77
S. BusquetsDFP
0 0 0 33 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 57
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. SánchezDFP
1 0 2 20 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 90
L. MessiDFP
0 1 0 43 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 90
PedroDFP
0 0 0 14 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 62
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
T. CourtoisDFP
0 3 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. GodínDFP
1 0 1 2 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
Filipe LuisDFP
0 0 0 7 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
JuanfranDFP
0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
MirandaDFP
0 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
TiagoDFP
0 0 1 35 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 90
KokeDFP
0 0 0 30 0 6 3 2 0 0 0 90
GabiDFP
0 1 0 44 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 90
A. TuranDFP
0 0 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 23
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. VillaDFP
0 0 1 17 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Diego CostaDFP
0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
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