Sunday, 21 May 2017

La Liga 2016-17 Season Final Round-up: Atletico Bid Farewell To Vicente Calderon; Barca Win As Real Lift Trophy

Fernando Torres was the fitting match-winner as Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Sunday.
Atletico were playing their final competitive match at their home for the past 50 years before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the other side of Madrid next season.

And fans' favourite Torres ensured Atletico got three points to go along with a carnival atmosphere with a double inside the opening 11 minutes.

Torres, 33, volleyed home Antoine Griezmann's cushioned header to open the scoring before kissing the Atletico badge.

Three minutes later Griezmann was again involved as this time his pass was headed into Torres's path by Koke for an acrobatic finish.

Torres, who is in his second spell at the club having broken into the first team as a teenager back in 2001, was replaced to a standing ovation before the visitors threatened to spoil the party when Inaki Williams rounded off a fine team move 20 minutes from time.

However, Angel Correa added a third for Atletico a minute from time.

Atletico had already secured third place in La Liga for a third straight season, but defeat in what is expected to be coach Ernesto Valverde's final game before taking over at Barcelona next season means Bilbao miss out on qualifying for the Europa League.

Barcelona lost their Spanish league title to rivals Real Madrid despite beating Eibar with a remarkable second-half turnaround. 

In Luis Enrique's last home match as Barca boss, Eibar went 2-0 up through two stunning Takashi Inui strikes.

David Junca's own goal, Luis Suarez's finish and two goals from Lionel Messi - one a penalty after an earlier miss from the spot - handed Barca the win.

Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 thanks to a final-day victory at Malaga

Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on to settle the nerves, latching onto Isco's through ball to step around Carlos Kameni and tap into an empty net.

Karim Benzema added their second goal after the break after Kameni parried Sergio Ramos' shot.  Real, who had only needed a point, now face Juventus in the Champions League final looking to complete a double.

Relive the action as it happened.  Barcelona, who had won the past two titles, came from 2-0 down to beat Eibar 4-2 but they had needed Real to slip up if they were going to retain the trophy.

Real Sociedad leapfrogged their Basque rivals into sixth thanks to Juanmi's 93rd-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.

Bilbao could be handed a reprieve, though, and make the Europa League if Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
Villarreal sealed fifth place with a 3-1 win at Valencia. Roberto Soldado handed the visitors an early lead before Nani levelled, but goals from Manuel Trigueros and Nicola Sansone earned the Yellow Submarine all three points.

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