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Atletico wins La Liga

Updated 1153 GMT (1953 HKT) May 19, 2014
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After one of the tightest and most exciting title races in Spanish history, Atletico Madrid was crowned La Liga champion Saturday. The club's resurgence can largely be attributed to coach Diego Simeone. Getty Images
Both Barcelona and Atletico knew that victory would earn them the championship. Here a fan shows off a ticket for the title decider at Barca's Nou Camp. Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Ateltico Madrid warmed up in front of a partisan home crowd. While more than 90,000 Catalans were in the Nou Camp, less than 500 tickets were given to Atletico fans. Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez (right) celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Barcelona, raising home hopes of a fifth title in six years. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Having gone 1-0 down, Atletico's chances of winning a first title since 1996 appeared slim. Fans watch, rapt, as the match ebbs and flows. Getty Images
But Diego Godin scored a second-half equalizer, which was enough to seal Atletico's 10th title overall -- 12 behind Barca and 22 adrift of the record held by city rival Real Madrid. Alex Livesey/Getty Images
A jubilant Simeone was thrown in the air by his players following the 1-1 draw. Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Atletico's players, staff and family members pose for the cameras following a dramatic denouement to the La Liga season. QUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images
The worry and the waiting is over: Atletico fans celebrate in Madrid's Neptuno Square. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
Now attention turns to the UEFA Champions League final next weekend, where Atletico will play Real in a Madrid derby. Getty Images
For Barcelona, the future is less certain. Star player Lionel Messi agreed a new contract before the Atletico game, but a new coach will need to revamp an aging squad. Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Messi's fellow Argentine Gerardo "Tata" Martino quit after just one season in charge at the Nou Camp, and is expected to be replaced by former Barcelona star Luis Enrique. QUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images