Atletico Madrid produced a comeback for the ages, one that could potentially be worth a Spanish championship. Despite wasting many first half chances and then falling behind to an Ante Budimir goal, Los Rojiblancos fought back with late Renan Lodi and Luis Suarez strikes to win 2-1 against Osasuna.
The afternoon started off with Diego Simeone’s side creating chance after chance, coming closest when Luis Suarez hit the post from inside the six-yard box and when a long-range Saul strike clipped the post. There were several other chances too, as Atleti finished the first half with five shotson target to Osasuna’s zero.
They did start to put the ball in the back of the net after the break, with Stefan Savic turning in a Kieran Trippier freekick. However, VAR called down to the pitch to rule it out for offside. Yannick Carrasco had another strike that was similarly chalked off for offside, although that was at least a clearer one.
It then went from bad to worse for Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid went ahead in Bilbao and then Atleti fell behind to Budimir’s header, which Jan Oblak almost saved but not before it had crossed the line.
It looked like an impressive season was about to crumble away in the penultimate matchday, but then Atleti rallied.
First, substitute Renan Lodi broke into some space down the left in the 82nd minute and emphatically fired past Sergio Herrera. Then, six minutes later, Suarez finally found the back on the net, getting on a cutback in a crowded box and directing the ball into the net.
The Uruguayan ripped off his shirt and the celebrations started, but perhaps too soon because Oblak twice had to do Oblak-esque things to maintain his side’s lead through stoppage time.
Despite all the drama and the several years of life that these 90 minutes took off Atleti fans around the world, Los Colchoneros lead LaLiga Santander and will be champions with a win at Real Valladolid next weekend.
2. – Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso (Lodi, min. 66), Llorente (Herera, min. 80), Koke, Saul (Joao Felix, min. 66) , Correa (Dembele, min. 80), Suarez (Kondogbia, min. 90 + 1), Carrasco
1. – Osasuna: Herrera, Ramalho, García, García, Cruz, García, Barja (Torro, min. 77), Moncayola, Brasanac (Avila, min. 90 + 1), Jony (Torres, min. 65), Budimir (Gallego, min. 77)
Goals: 0-1, min. 75: Budimir; 1-1, min. 82: Lodi; 2-1, min. 88: Suarez
Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera.
Yellow cards: Ante Budimir (Min. 76) for Osasuna, Darko Brasanac (Min. 84) for Osasuna, Luis Suarez (Min. 89) for Atletico Madrid
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano