Madrid, May 23
Atletico Madrid won the Spanish La Liga and Luis Suarez won vindication as his goal secured a title-clinching 2-1 victory over Real Valladolid. Practically handed a world-class scorer by one of their top rivals, Atletico rode the goals by Suarez — burning to prove his former team wrong — and the competitive all-for-one spirit preached by Diego Simeone to the Spanish league title. Suarez began the season crying after being forced out of Barcelona but ended it with his 21st goal of the season, earning Atletico a first league triumph since 2014, this one at the expense of Real Madrid.
When the final whistle blew, the players ran onto the pitch, Suarez underneath a pile of red and white shirts, with Europe’s most nerve-wracking and unpredictable title race finally complete. — Agencies