For the first time since Valencia did it in 2004, a team not named Real Madrid or Barcelona are winners of the Spanish La Liga titles. Atletico Madrid are your new champions following their 1-1 draw against the Blaugrana at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Bleacher Report UK were amongst the first to congratulate the Atleti:
Congratulations to Atletico Madrid, LA LIGA CHAMPIONS! pic.twitter.com/PYLH3z4jGW— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) May 17, 2014
Needing just a single point coming into the match, Atletico lost two of their top players within the first 25 minutes of the match, as both Diego Costa and Arda Turan were forced to leave the pitch with injuries.
Eurosport even feared the Spaniard might not make it back in time for the UEFA Champions League final:
INJURY! Diego Costa's hamstring seems to have gone. Looks like he could be out today (and also in the CL final next week too)— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) May 17, 2014
The match was very even for much of the first half, but Chile's Alexis Sanchez would break the deadlock with a magnificent blast just before half-time, leaving Thibaut Courtois no chance.
Here's the goal, thanks to Football Vines:
Alexis Sanchez for Barcelona, beautiful http://t.co/x2UmkX7Ipu— Football Vines (@FootballVines) May 17, 2014
Diego Godin would strike early in the second half off a corner, putting Atletico back in the driver's seat. Squawka shared the goal that would eventually clinch the title:
Barcelona tried pushing for the winning goal late but was unable to really threaten Courtois' goal. Lionel Messi had the ball in the back of the net from an offside position, and even Jose Manuel Pinto tried to get involved deep in stoppage time, but it was all to no avail.
Following three minutes of added time, the 447 fans allowed into the Camp Nou, per Metro, could start the celebrations.
As shared by Chelsea Action, the home fans treated the new champions with the utmost respect:
Wow! All the Barça fans are applauding Atletico Madrid players for their invredible achievement. We don’t get to see such class in PL.— Chelsea Action (@ChelseaAction) May 17, 2014
And deservedly so. Surviving the bulk of the match without Turan and Costa, the Atleti truly played an excellent game at one of the most impressive venues for visiting teams in the world.
Congratulations came in from all over the world. ESPN Caribbean got in on the action:
CONGRATS TO LOS CAMPEONES! #ATLETICOMADRID!— ESPN Caribbean (@ESPN_Caribbean) May 17, 2014
Chris Kamara turned away from the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City for a second:
Time to concentrate on the extra time @TattGoddess between Hull & Arsenal - Atletico Madrid win La Liga well done to Diego Simione— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 17, 2014
Barcelona are true champions, as evidenced by their grace even in defeat:
Final at the Camp Nou (1-1). Atlético Madrid are La Liga champions. Congratulations to the Colchoneros for their fantastic campaign #fcblive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 17, 2014
As Dan Walker put it, winning the La Liga title is quite a feat when looking at the opposition:
Amazing stuff from Atletico Madrid. Yes they have money but winning La Liga against the big 2 in Spain is some going.— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) May 17, 2014
Atletico will now get to celebrate their first title in almost 20 years, but the celebrations will have to be brief ahead of their Champions League final clash against Real Madrid.
Diego Simeone will hope his two stars, Costa and Turan, will both be available for the club's final match of the season, as the double would taste even sweeter if the final is won against their city rivals looking for La Decima.