Atletico Madrid

Twitter Reacts to Atletico Madrid Winning La Liga Title

Atletico's Diego Godin from Uruguay, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Chris Kamara turned away from the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City for a second:

Barcelona are true champions, as evidenced by their grace even in defeat:

As Dan Walker put it, winning the La Liga title is quite a feat when looking at the opposition:

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.

 

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