Draw enough for Atletico

  • Last Updated: May 18 2014, 21:23 BST

A review of Saturday's action in Spain's Primera Division.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone celebrates
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone celebrates

Atletico Madrid won their first Primera Division title since 1996 after a 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Saturday.

Chances were scarce for either side in the opening stages, but the visitors were dealt two major blows when top scorer Diego Costa limped off before winger Arda Turan soon joined him on the sidelines through injury.

The hosts had the better of the first-half chances with Adriano and Pedro both threatening, but it was Sanchez who fired them ahead from a seemingly impossible angle after Lionel Messi's knock-down.

However, Diego Simeone's men found themselves back in control when Diego Godin rose to emphatically head Koke's corner beyond Pinto as Atletico claimed their tenth title.

Real Madrid signed off a disappointing domestic season with a 3-1 victory over Espanyol on Saturday but of more concern were the doubts raised over the fitness of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo for next weekend's Champions League final.

The Portugal international was named in the starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered 10 days ago but pulled out moments before kick-off and was replaced by Isco.

Valencia marked what could be a bright new dawn for the club with a 2-1 comeback victory over Celta Vigo.

Los Che announced earlier on Saturday that Singapore billionaire Peter Lim had completed his takeover of the Mestalla outfit, buying a 70 per cent share from the Valencia CF Foundation.

That could prove to be a seminal moment for the debt-ridden club and the team welcomed the news with a battling win over Celta in their final match of what has been a largely disappointing season.

Celta looked set to rain on Valencia's parade when Inigo Lopez gave them a fifth-minute lead but Los Che fought back to claim the win thanks to goals either side of half-time from Sofiane Feghouli and Pablo Piatti.

The result sees Valencia finish in eighth place, level on 49 points with ninth-placed Celta.

Malaga completed a disappointing campaign on a winning note with a 1-0 victory over Levante in a Friday night encounter that had little riding on it for either side.

Francisco Portillo's 60th-minute strike secured Malaga the victory and a positive end to the campaign.