Soccer-Atletico aiming to fend off Real as title race goes to wire

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Osasuna - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - May 16, 2021 Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Juan Medina

(Reuters) - Atletico Madrid began their La Liga title chase with a sprint before ceding ground and almost losing their balance but they head into the deciding weekend with the finish line in sight, trying to stay ahead of a valiant but exhausted Real Madrid.

After a nerve-shredding 2-1 win over Osasuna last Sunday, when Real were top of the table for 19 minutes, Atletico head to Real Valladolid on Saturday knowing a victory will ensure they lift their first league trophy in seven years.

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