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Atletico hold advantage for final day after Suarez heroics


Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

Atletico Madrid took a giant step towards the La Liga title by fighting their way back to beat Osasuna 2-1 at home thanks to a late strike from Luis Suarez.

Atletico dominated the game and hit the woodwork twice in the first half before having two goals ruled out for offside but fell behind in the 76th minute when a bullet header from Ante Budimir crossed the line before Jan Oblak could punch it away.

The league leaders hit back with an emphatic finish from substitute Renan Lodi in the 82nd minute,  while top scorer Suarez completed the comeback by firing home  with two minutes to go.

Diego Simeone’s side nearly conceded an equaliser deep into added time though when Chimy Avila caught sight of goal but Oblak got across to parry before grabbing the ball with both hands.

The victory took Atletico on to 83 points after 37 games, two ahead of second-placed Real Madrid who won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao,  while Barcelona suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Celta Vigo,  ruling them out of contention.

Paris Saint- Germain clung on to their hopes of winning a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title with a 4-0 home win against 10-man Stade de Reims last night as Lille's lead was cut to a single point with one game remaining.

As PSG cruised to a routine victory, Lille, who have 80 points, were held to a goalless draw by mid-table St Etienne and now need a win at Angers in the final round to guarantee them a first title since 2011.

Monaco stayed third on 77 points, one win away from guaranteeing a Champions League spot, as goals by Wissam Ben Yedder and Aleksandr Golovin earned them a 2-1 home victory against Stade Rennais.

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Robert Lewandowski equalled Gerd Muller’s 49-year-old Bundesliga record for the most goals scored in a single campaign after he netted in Bayern Munich’s draw with SC Freiburg on Saturday.

The striker has now scored 40 goals in 28 league games this season. The forward revealed a shirt under his top with a picture of Muller and the writing ‘4ever Gerd’ on it, after scoring his goal.

"What Gerd managed to achieve was amazing. I never thought I could come close and share a record with him," Lewandowski said. "I am very, very proud. I still cannot believe what has happened. I will need some time to realise it."

Besiktas have been crowned Super Lig champions on a dramatic final day in Turkey's top flight.

A 2-1 win away at Goztepe proved enough for Sergen Yalcin's team, who claim the title for a 16th time.

Second-placed Galatasaray had to better Besiktas' result by three clear goals but could only manage a 3-1 win over Yeni Malatyaspor.

Third-placed Fenerbahce, who beat Kayserispor 2-1, needed both their rivals to lose to be crowned champions.