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Blistering Strike! Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) vs Atlético Madrid

Sunday, May 18, 2014

An Alexis Sánchez stunner couldn't prevent Barcelona from missing out on their fifth La Liga title in six years as Atlético Madrid were crowned champions with a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou.

Atlético set to become the La Liga champions with a win or a draw on Saturday, while Barcelona needed a victory to defend their crown.

Chances were scarce for either side in the opening stages, but the hosts had every reason to feel confident at half-time after Alexis gave them a 34th-minute lead.

Lionel Messi chested down a lobbed ball from Cesc Fàbregas into the path of Alexis on the right side of the area.

Despite the narrow angle, the Chilean managed to fire a rocket of a shot that arrowed past Thibaut Courtois into the upper corner of the net.

But Atlético flew out of the blocks after the restart and levelled decisively through Diego Godín's header.

Messi had a goal ruled out for offside as the hosts sought a response, but they were ultimately denied by the visitors' typically stubborn defence.

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