Real Valladolid 1-2 Atlético Madrid: result, summary, goals | LaLiga Santander
Real Valladolid 1-2 Atlético Madrid: Correa and Suárez seal Los Rojiblancos' 11th LaLiga title - as it happened
"It's so special being an Atlético fan"
Atlético Madrid legend Fernando Torres has taken to Twitter to react to Los Rojiblancos' title win, writing: “It’s so special being an Atleti fan. Thanks Grandad. Congratulations family!!!”
Trippier the fourth Englishman to win LaLiga
Kieran Tripper has become only the fourth English player to win the Spanish league - and the first to do it at a club that is not Real Madrid.
Laurie Cunningham (1980), Steve McManaman (2001 and 2003) and David Beckham (2007) all won LaLiga with Los Blancos.
Diego Simeone reacts to Atlético's title win:
Winning the league:
“I’m happy for so many people […]. It’s been a difficult year, just like our history has been difficult. A fitting year for Atlético to win the league.”
“I’ve been saying to Ángel for a while that he has to try and score a toe-poke. He’s scored some great goals in training that way.”
“He’s Suárez: his surname speaks for itself.”
Jab Oblak speaks to Movistar+
“It’s my seventh year at Atlético Madrid and every year we’ve been desperate to win the title. This year we’ve managed it. In previous years we’ve been disappointed but this was our year and it feels great.”
Feelings when Real Valladolid took the lead:
“When Valladolid scored, all I thought about was turning the game around. They also had a lot at stake and they played really well. I just thought: we’ve got to turn this match around by hook or by crook.”
Simeone's eighth trophy with Atlético
Since arriving at Atlético Madrid at the start of 2012, Diego Simeone has now led Los Rojiblancos to eight trophies. It's a silverware haul unmatched by an other Atleti coach.
Sharp-shooting Suárez's tears of joy
After giving a hugely emotional post-match interview to Movistar+, Luis Suárez could then be seen absolutely sobbing while, presumably, video-calling with his nearest and dearest:
How it ends at the top of LaLiga
Here's how it finishes at the top of the LaLiga table, with Atlético Madrid taking the title by a two-point margin over Real Madrid, whose victory over Villarreal was rendered academic by those second-half goals by Ángel Correa and Luis Suárez.
It's only the second time in the last 17 seasons - the other being Atleti's title triumph in 2014 - that anyone other than Madrid or Barcelona has won LaLiga.
A very emotional Luis Suárez reacts to Atleti's title win:
“The situation I experienced last summer was difficult, the way I was underestimated. Atlético Madrid opened up their doors to me to keep on showing the player I am."
Marcos Llorente speaks to Movistar+
"We're knackered. It’s been a really tight season with a lot of games. It's been tough physically, but in the end we’ve got this crucial win and we’ve managed to win the title. The togetherness we have has been crucial to achieving this.”
"We felt the nerves a bit today given it was such a key game, but we just wanted to win so as not to have to think about the result of the other game. At the break we managed to calm ourselves down and we went out there and turned the match around."
Message for the Atleti fans:
"I’d like to thank the fans. They haven’t been able to be in the stands but we’ve felt their support in a really tough year."
Peeep peeep peeeep! Real Madrid's late comeback doesn't matter! The final whistle goes at the Estadio José Zorrilla, and Atlético Madrid are champions!
The Atlético subsitutes, Diego Simeone and the rest of the coaching staff come streaming onto the pitch, where a jubilant red and white huddle begins the chants of "campeones, campeones oé oé oooé!"
Atleti have led the way since November and, having overcome that mid-season wobble, they've finished the job and are deserved champions.
Los Rojiblancos won't pick up the trophy today, unfortuantely; they'll get it at the Wanda Metropolitano tomorrow.
As Atlético celebrate, Real Valladolid are left to digest the confirmation of their relegation. Los Pucelanos needed to win today to stand any chance of staying up, but in the end results elsewhere mean they'd have gone down even if they had beaten Atleti.
Modric puts Madrid ahead!
Blimey, Real Madrid have scored again and now lead Villarreal! Modric volleys high into the net past Gerónimo Rulli, and a Valladolid equaliser now would hand the title to Los Blancos...
The ball runs to Weissman on the edge of the box, but he shoots over! Had that gone in, it would have set up an interesting finish; after all, it would have left Madrid one goal away from being champions.
Three minutes of time added on at the Estadio José Zorrilla.
Real Madrid have equalised at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano, Benzema curling a fine strike into the top corner. Barring the mother of all late turnarounds, it won't count for much.
Carrasco gets to the left-hand byline before cutting the ball back, but it's straight at a white and purple shirt.
Moments later, Lodi becomes the latest player to go into the book, after pulling back Guardiola.
Correa comes off for Héctor Herrera. He gets an ovation from his colleagues on the sidelines, and leaves the field with a big smile on his face.
Felipe is booked for a late tackle on Guardiola. Moments later, the Brazilian does enough to put off Plano, who heads a right-wing cross well off target.
Valladolid make another two changes, replacing Janko and San Emeterio with Kike Pérez and Hervías.
Ángel Correa's sumptuous equaliser was his 17th goal involvement for Atlético this season - that's more than in any other campaign since he joined Los Rojiblancos.
Atlético bring on Kondogbia for Llorente.
San Emeterio is booked for a late challenge on Félix at the start of the move that led to that Carrasco chance.
Again Atlético aren't far away from scoring a third. Félix lifts a ball over the top for Suárez to advance towards the Valladolid box on the left. The Uruguayan in turn clips the ball across the face of the area to Carrasco, but the Belgian blazes over!
Míchel is booked for a rather overzealous challenge on Llorente, who has stud marks on his leg to show from the tackle.
Atlético look like going on and adding to their tally now - and might well have done, had Suárez got his pass right. Running at a back-pedalling Valladolid defence, he plays the ball too close to El Yamiq, with Correa in space to shoot had the pass made it to the Argentine.
LaLiga table as it stands: Atleti champions by five points
Here's how the table now looks, with Atlético poised to win the title by a five-point margin that somewhat belies how close this title race has been.
El Yamiq is booked for tugging down Suárez.
Suárez scores! Is that the goal that ensures it's Atlético's title?
It's a horrible error from the newly introduced Guardiola, who plays a wayward ball right to Suárez, who is in space to run clear of the Valladolid defence and finish low past Masip!
Understandably, Atleti's players all pile on top of the Uruguayan in celebration, just as they did after his winner against Osasuna a week ago.
Both sides make changes. Valladolid bring on Michel, Sergio Guardiola and Jota for Roque Mesa, Toni Villa y Marco André, while Atlético replace Saúl and Hermoso with João Félix and Lodi.
André was booked for giving the referee a little too much back chat a few minutes ago, I neglected to tell you.
What a miss by Weissman! It's all happening now. Atlético are very, very lucky not to quickly go behind once more. From range, Marcos André fires in a shot that Oblak can only parry right to Weissman, but the Valladolid forward heads off target from what... 10 yards out? A huge let-off for the visitors.
Real Madrid leveller ruled out just as Correa scores for Atleti
And just as Correa was levelling for Atlético, Real Madrid were having a Karim Benzema equaliser ruled out for offside, after a long, long VAR check. What a 60 seconds or so for Atleti.
What a goal from Correa! Atlético are level!
Receiving the ball just outside the box, the Argentine jinks past three men and into shooting space, before toe-poking a cheeky effort low past Masip and into the corner!
He's a man who gets criticism for missing chances, but he's produced an absolutely crucial goal.
Carrasco again delivers into the Valladolid box, whipping in a free-kick from deep in the right-hand channel, but Hermoso heads well over.
Correa clips the ball into the box to Llorente, who chests the ball down and hits the bouncing ball, only to see his shot blocked by a combination of Olaza and Fede. Again Atlético appeal for handball, but again there's nothing doing.
Moments later, Carrasco digs out a cross onto the head of Giménez, who heads over - and is furious with himself. It was certainly a decent chance. A bit more urgency about Atleti since the break.
Right away Atlético get themselves into as dangerous a position as they have all evening, when Llorente scampers to the byline and cuts the ball back, via a deflection, for Suárez to head towards goal. However, there's not much pace on the ball when it reaches Suárez, and his header is fairly comfortably cleared by Janko.
Atlético appeal for something - handball, I think - but the officials say no, rightly so.
Peeeep! We're back underway in Valladolid.
No changes for either side.
Atleti tasked with overturning half-time deficit for the first time this season
Worringly for Atlético Madrid, football stats specialists Opta note that Los Rojiblancos have lost on the three previous occasions this season that they have been behind at the break in a LaLiga match.
Peep peep peeep! Valladolid lead at the break; that was not good from Atlético. For now, their saving grace is that Real Madrid are also behind.
There may be more than a few stern words spoken in the Atleti dressing room, one suspects.
As for Valladolid, they played very well in that first half - but Elche lead Athletic Club and Huesca are drawing with Valencia, so as things stand Sergio González's men are still going down.
Trippier receives the ball in plenty of space to whip a cross into the box, but utterly balloons his delivery and it's behind for a goal-kick. He also seems to have slightly hurt himself in the process of shanking that cross.
Moments later, Llorente blazes over from 25 yards, and looks extremely miffed as he sees his effort sail high into the stands. Nothing has really come off for Atleti so far.
That's a waste from Suárez! Having won the ball back from the hosts, Atlético suddenly get the Uruguayan running at a back-pedalling defence, with options in space either side of him. However, Suárez scuffs his pass and, to his left, Carrasco throws his arms up in frustration.
At the other end, Olaza whips in a pinpoint cross right onto the head of Weissman on the penalty spot, but Oblak is quickly across his goal to grab hold of the Israeli's effort! A better header, and that could well have been 2-0.
Valladolid are playing really quite well. They pop it about confidently just inside the Atleti box, before Villa turns and looks to scoop Weissman in behind the defence and into the box, only to see his pass cut out by Felipe.
Close from Suárez! Receiving the ball on the right-hand edge of the penalty box, he cuts inside El Yamiq and curls a deft left-footed effort towards Masip's top corner... but misses by a matter of inches! The keeper got a touch, it seems, as Atleti are given a corner - which Felipe heads just over!
Madrid also behind...
Atlético are losing, but they can breathe a little easier - Madrid also went behind a few minutes ago, Yeremy Pino giving Villarreal the lead at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano.
El Yamiq, you lucky boy. The Valladolid defender gets his head to a Trippier cross from the right - and is inches from turning the ball into his own net. He gets away with a corner, which Giménez heads straight at Masip.
Blimey, Valladolid are causing Atlético some real problems when they attack the visitors at pace. Marcos André's slide-rule pass slips Janko into space on the right-hand side of the penalty area, and Felipe has to throw himself at the defender to block and scramble clear.
Simeone can be seen very clearly telling his players to keep their calm - and they aren't far away from carving out an immediate equaliser.
Saúl is played into space in the box and, with Masip rushing out to meet him, he turns the ball across the penalty area. If his pass finds a red and white shirt, it's surely 1-1 - but it doesn't.
Atleti are still champions as it stands, but one Madrid goal now would change everything.
Well, well, well! Real Valladolid take the lead, and it's a fine goal! Atleti are absolutely cut to ribbons by a ruthlessly executed counter-attack.
Valladolid clear an Atleti corner and are suddenly barrelling into the visitors' half, thanks chiefly to a lovely Villa backheel to Marcos André.
His first-time through ball then gets Plano charging in behind the Atleti defence and, though his control momentarily lets him down, he composes himself to finish low past Oblak!
A reminder that we also have live coverage of Real Madrid's clash with Villarreal in the Spanish capital, where it remains 0-0.
Trippier crosses from the right onto Saúl's head but, in his attempts to direct the ball back across Masip's goal and into the far corner, the midfielder only manages to nod it straight into Suárez's legs. Valladolid clear.
Toni Villa advances towards the Atleti box and shoots low from 25 yards out, but it's a bit of a trundler and is no problem at all for Jan Oblak.
There's a first shooting chance for Suárez, but it's a very acute angle and he succeeds only in firing the ball across goal and away from the danger area. Carrasco drifts into space on the left-hand side of the area and pings in a cross that is deflected up to Suárez, who's lurking at the back post, but he can't direct his volley goalwards.
At one end, El Yamiq lets fly from distance but sends his shot straight at a red and white shirt.
At the other, Trippier turns and looks to release Llorente into crossing space in behind Olaza on the right, but the Valladolid defender does well to hold off the Atlético man and buys a free-kick. Danger over.
Right away, Atlético Madrid get Luis Suárez scampering in behind the Real Valladolid defence and into the area, but the flag is up for offside. El Yamiq does himself some damage in the process of trying to stop the Uruguayan, but after a moment or two of treatment he looks like he'll be OK.
Peeeep! We're underway at the Estadio José Zorrilla.
Atlético's final-day record makes for good reading for Los Rojiblancos...
Every time Atlético Madrid have gone into the final day top of LaLiga and with the title still undecided, they have been crowned champions: in 1940/41, 1949/50, 1950/51, 1965/66, 1969/70, 1972/73, 1995/96 and 2013/14.
(Photo: Diario AS/Chema Díaz)
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Final-day permutations: what Real Valladolid need
- Real Valladolid must beat Atlético if they are to have any hope of avoiding relegation
- Valladolid also need Huesca to lose to Valencia and Elche to fail to beat Athletic Club
- If Valladolid, Huesca and Elche all finish level on points, Valladolid and Elche will go down as Huesca have the best record in matches played among the three teams this season
Final-day permutations: what Atlético Madrid need
- If Atlético Madrid beat Real Valladolid, they will be champions no matter what Real Madrid do against Villarreal
- If Atlético lose or draw against Valladolid, they will be champions as long as Real Madrid fail to beat Villarreal
- If Atlético draw and Real Madrid win, Madrid will be champions by virtue of their superior head-to-head record
- If Atlético lose and Real Madrid win, Madrid will win the league by one point
What the coaches said: Sergio González, Real Valladolid
“None of us wanted to be in this situation”
“None of us wanted to be in this situation. We were convinced we’d be in a different position [at the end of the season] and so it’s doubly hard to take. We were believed that we’d be safe, but the other day [against Real Sociedad] we played very poorly. We now have no option but to draw on our professional pride.”
Outside chance of staying up:
“In football we’ve seen all kinds of situations. Manchester United won a Champions League in three minutes, Espanyol stayed up in the 93rd minute with a goal by Corominas… There have been cases that give you a glimmer of hope, but if we stop and think about it we know that this much more difficult. But if we’re to stay up, we know we have to win; if we don’t do that, all the permutations and possibilities are academic.”
(Photo: Diario AS/Amaia Zabalo)
What the coaches said: Diego Simeone, Atlético Madrid
How does the team look mentally?
"We have worked as we do every week and we will try to play the same game as always."
Does the fact that Valladolid are playing for their lives complicate the challenge?
"We understand that anything is possible in a match and obviously Valladolid's needs are different to ours, but they have the same important objectives."
How will you handle the information that will come from Valdebebas about the Real Madrid-Villarreal game?
"Like all season long. We have always tried to be immersed in our own matches, which is the only thing that concerns us and the only thing that depends on us."
A month and a half ago, when things were going worse, you said you were "delighted". How are you feeling now?
"It's a very long season. All the teams have gone through different situations to get here. There are two teams fighting for LaLiga, three for relegation and three for the Europa League. That's the way it is in the Spanish league, game by game you have to give your best and hope for the best at the end."
(Photo: Diario AS/Pepe Andrés)
Giménez in for Atleti, Valladolid boss rings the changes
Atlético head coach Diego Simeone makes just the one change to the team that began last weekend’s win over Osasuna, José María Giménez replacing the suspended Stefan Savic in central defence.
Meanwhile, Valladolid boss Sergio González makes no fewer than eight changes to the team that was walloped by Real Sociedad last time out, as Saidy Janko, Kiko Olivas, Jawad El Yamiq, Fede San Emeterio, Roque Mesa, Toni Villa, Shon Weissman and Marcos André all come in.
Atlético Madrid team news
Starting line-up: Oblak, Trippier, Felipe, Giménez, Hermoso, Llorente, Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Correa, Suárez
Substitutes: Grbic, Lodi, Vrsaljko, Kondogbia, Torreira, Herrera, Vitolo, Joao Félix, Dembélé
Real Valladolid team news
Starting line-up: Masip, Janko, Olivas, El Yamiq, Olaza, Plano, San Emeterio, Mesa, Villa, Weissman, Marcos André
Substitutes: Samu Pérez, Luis Pérez, Joaquín, Sánchez, Nacho, Hervías, Kike Pérez, Míchel, Jota, Waldo, Guardiola
Real Valladolid vs Atlético Madrid: LaLiga preamble (ctd)
Following a run of only one win in 20 in LaLiga, Real Valladolid find themselves deep in the relegation mire - and must win today to stand any chance of avoiding the drop.
Not only must they beat Atlético, Los Pucelanos also need Huesca to lose and Elche not to win.
In other words, they need a minor miracle.
And recent history suggests that anyone inclined to wager their hard-earned coin on today’s game at the José Zorrilla would be advised not to bet on the hosts: since losing to Valladolid in February 2009, Atleti have won 10 and lost none of the sides’ last 11 meetings.
Real Valladolid vs Atlético Madrid: LaLiga preamble
An 11th LaLiga title will be Atlético Madrid’s, regardless of what happens elsewhere, if they beat Real Valladolid today.
Having led the table since November, Atleti flirted spectacularly with relinquishing top spot to title rivals Real Madrid on a dramatic penultimate matchday last weekend, but Luis Suárez’s late, late winner against Osasuna means Los Rojiblancos go into the final day of the league season with their fate still in the hands.
Indeed, Diego Simeone’s men may even be able to afford a slip-up at the Estadio José Zorrilla: with a two-point lead over Madrid, Atleti will be champions whatever their result if Los Blancos fail to win their game against Villarreal.
However, while Madrid host a side who, with a Europa League final coming up in midweek, can be forgiven if they don’t devote their undivided attention to today's game, Atleti visit a Valladolid team who could not be more motivated to perform.