13 May 2014

Down to two teams in Spain

11:57 am on 13 May 2014

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will play for the Spanish La Liga football title at the Nou Camp next weekend after Atletico's 1-1 draw at home to Malaga and Barca's 0-0 draw at Elche.

Atletico came desperately close to the late goal that would have clinched the championship but Real Madrid dropped out of the title race when they suffered a surprise 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo which left them five points behind their city rivals with one game remaining.

Atletico are top on 89 points from 37 matches, with Barca on 86 and Real, missing key players through injury at Celta including top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, on 84.

If Barca beat Atletico next Sunday they will be champions as they would have a better head-to-head record after the title rivals drew 0-0 in Madrid in January.

A draw would be enough for Atletico to secure their first domestic league title since 1996, when current coach Diego Simeone was in the team, and become the first team other than Spain's wealthy big two to win La Liga since Valencia in 2004.