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La Liga round-up: Atletico Madrid fail to decide title race

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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid all suffered a disappointing weekend, as Atletico and Barcelona postponed the decision in the title race to next weekend with their draws and Real dropped out of the title race completely with a 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo.

Everything was prepared for a Atletico title party in the Vincente Calderon stadium in Madrid, but the hosts only managed a 1-1 draw against Malaga. A dominant Atletico side failed to break through a compact Malaga defence and were shocked when Samuel scored for Malaga after a mistake by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Atletico pulled one back through Tobey Alderweireld after a corner, but they will be bitterly disappointed to have not sealed the deal.

Meanwhile, Barcelona will be kicking themselves after a 0-0 away against Elche in which they had plenty of chances to score. A win would have meant that they could have won the league with only a draw on Sunday at home against Atletico, they now require a win.

Real, on the other hand, are now out of the title race after losing 2-0 away to Celta. Real coach Carlo Ancelotti left many of his superstars out of the starting line-up, indicating that his focus is on the Champions League final in two weeks. Real were dominant, yet their failure to score proved costly as Celta profited from a Sergio Ramos mistake in the first half and scored after a counter attack in the second.

This means that the title will be decided on Saturday at 5pm in the Camp Nou, when Barcelona host Atletico. Barcelona need a win to secure the title on goal difference and the pressure will be on both teams, as the title race in La Liga is as close as ever.


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