Luis Suarez scored the goal that could win Atletico Madrid La Liga when his 88th-minute winner snatched a remarkable 2-1 victory over Osasuna on Sunday after they had looked set to hand the title advantage to Real Madrid.
Atletico trailed with nine minutes to go at the Wanda Metropolitano and faced a defeat that would not just have postponed their bid to be champions but allowed Real Madrid, who were beating Athletic Bilbao, to go top with one game left.
Instead, Atletico scored in the 82nd and 88th minutes to pull off a stunning turnaround. Renan Lodi smashed in an equaliser before Suarez proved the hero, firing in from eight yards to spark mass celebrations.
Atletico’s players and substitutes piled onto Suarez. At the full-time whistle, some of their players dropped to their knees, not with ecstasy, but relief, the title just one win away.
To be crowned champions with a game to spare, Atletico needed Real Madrid to slip up at San Mames but Nacho Fernandez put Real ahead in the second half and Atletico’s priority quickly became preservation.
Victory maintains their two-point advantage and another win away at Real Valladolid next weekend will guarantee a second league title in 25 years.
Barcelona are out of the running after they lost 2-1 at home to Celta Vigo.