The struggle for Spanish league crown will go down to the last day as Barcelona will host Atletico at Camp Nou next weekend to decide the 2013/14 La Liga Champion. Both sides drew on Sunday to set up one of the most dramatic finishes in Spain’s top flight for more than 60 years.
In a drama filled weekend in the La Liga, leaders Atletico Madrid had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Malaga while second-placed Barca were held to a 0-0 stalemate at Elche.
Real Madrid dropped out of the title race when they suffered a surprise 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo that 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, who were missing key players through injury 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 at the Calderon 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 side other than Spain’s wealthy big two to win La Liga since Valencia in 2004.
The title has only twice been decided with a winner-takes-all clash on the final day and not since 1951 when Atletico pipped Sevilla.