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FC Barcelona News: 12 May 2014; La Liga To Be Decided in Head to Head Match Between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid

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Elche- FC Barcelona: draw keeps title hopes alive (0-0) | FC Barcelona
And then there were two. Atletico Madrid and Barça will fight it out for this season’s league title at the Camp Nou next weekend after both of them drew this evening and Real Madrid bid farewell to any hopes of challenging when they went down to Celta. Barça’s goalless draw at Elche was enough to keep them in with one last chance next week, with Atletico unable to get the win that would have give them the title, drawing 1-1 at home to Malaga.

The Camp Nou will crown the league champions, Saturday at 6:00 PM CET | FC Barcelona
The leaders, Atlético Madrid, and FC Barcelona, three points adrift in second, will face off in a match that will decide the title. This weekend’s draws for both teams – 0-0 for Barça v Elche and 1-1 for Atlético v Malaga – means that Tata Martino’s men are still alive in the competition. Real Madrid, who lost away to Celta (2-0), have officially said goodbye to their title chances.

Facts and figures from the Elche game | FC Barcelona
The game was Barça’s fourth goalless draw of the season, following the stalemates at the Camp Nou against Atletico Madrid (Spanish Super Cup) and the league games in Pamplona and at the Vicente Calderón.

Martino: "With the help of the fans we can win the title" | FC Barcelona
La Liga will be decided in a ‘final’ at the Camp Nou when FC Barcelona host Atlético Madrid next week. Gerardo Tata Martino, after today’s game against Elche, talked about the point won by his team and the fact that Barça are still in the race for the title: "It wasn’t what we wanted, but we’re pleased with the point given the results from the other games (Atlético and Real Madrid); the most important thing is to get to the end of the season with a chance of winning the title."

Bartra: "We are very eager to make our fans happy" | FC Barcelona
The center back Marc Bartra talked to the press after the goalless draw with Elche, and he’s convinced that his team can win the league title at the Camp Nou against Atlético Madrid next Saturday: "I’m very positive, we’re going to go all out, we are going to win a very competitive league."

Bartomeu: "It will be a final" | FC Barcelona
After the conclusion of the penultimate round of La Liga in which Barça and Atlético secured a point apiece in their respective matches, President Josep Maria Bartomeu said, "we suffered, but we’re happy and satisfied." With the combination of the aforementioned results, Barça will have the chance to win the league at the Camp Nou next Saturday. "It will be a final," said the president. "We deserve it and we will fight for it."

Barça warm up at the Martínez Valero | FC Barcelona
Watch Martino's men as they warm up ahead of Sunday's game against Elche. It was a tough and tense encounter, but the point means that Barça face Atletico at the Camp Nou next Saturday in the title decider.

Luiz to complete Barca move - report | Football Espana
David Luiz will complete a €40m move to Barcelona after the World Cup, it has been claimed in the Spanish Press. Catalan newspaper Sport suggest that defender has agreed to sign for the Catalan giants, with Chelsea happy to let him leave for €40m. The move however, won’t happen until after this summer’s tournament, with the centre-back representing the hosts.

Corrigan: Three Things: La Liga title race by Dermot Corrigan - ESPN FC
This immediately seemed like yet another blown opportunity for Atletico, like the team had run out of gas in the final stretch. But Diego Simeone’s side has stumbled before in La Liga only to push on again, and the fans leaving the Calderon were still confident of getting the result -- either a win or a draw -- they need at Barcelona’s Camp Nou next weekend to take the title.

Atletico Madrid forced to wait | Sky Sports Football
An outstanding save by Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero denied Atletico Madrid the opportunity to wrap up the Primera Division title at their Vicente Calderon stadium. The Argentinian goalkeeper produced a fingertip save to keep out a curling shot from Adrian in the final minute of stoppage time, ensuring the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Can Atletico overcome Clasico hurdle? - Goal.com
The usual suspects. Atletico Madrid stands on the cusp of glory in La Liga and the Champions League this term, but Diego Simeone's men are not quite there yet and standing in their way are two familiar foes: Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Rojiblancos have played 59 games in the current campaign, yet history will judge them on how they do in their final fixtures against the two teams traditionally blocking their route to the very top.

Real Madrid's title bid over | Sky Sports Football
The capital club needed a remarkable set of results to go in their favour to take the title, although rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona's failure to win on Sunday night gave them a superb opportunity to catapult themselves back into contention following draws in their last two fixtures.

Getafe move out of drop zone | ESPNFC.com
Getafe took advantage of a weakened Sevilla side to claim a vital victory in their fight against relegation from the Primera Division. With Wednesday's Europa League final against Benfica on their mind, Sevilla rested many of their first-choice players. And Sergio Escudero's 70th-minute goal gave Getafe a 1-0 victory to help them climb three points clear of the relegation zone with one match to play.

Osasuna face tough task | Sky Sports Football
The Navarrans went behind to a Diego Colotto goal midway through the first half but drew level right before half-time thanks to Javier Acuna. Miguel de Las Cuevas came close to scoring a vital winner late on, but was unable to hit the target meaning Osasuna would have to settle for a draw, which is of little use as fellow strugglers Getafe and Almeria both won their games to move two points clear of the Navarrans.

Juanfran strike sinks Valladolid | ESPNFC.com
Real Valladolid remained deep in Primera Division relegation trouble after losing a seven-goal thriller to already-condemned Real Betis. The bottom club came from behind three times with goals from Braian Rodriguez, Jorge Molina and Ruben Castro before substitute Juanfran's last-minute free-kick settled the game.