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Atletico and Barcelona set for dramatic duel as Madrid misses out in Liga race

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Atletico and Barcelona set for dramatic duel as Madrid misses out in Liga race
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Atletico and Barcelona set for dramatic duel as Madrid misses out in Liga race

MADRID --Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will fight it out for La Liga in a dramatic duel at Camp Nou next weekend after both sides failed to win their penultimate Primera Division matches on Sunday.

A goalless draw at Elche for the Blaugrana meant Atletico would have won the title with a victory at home to Malaga, but Diego Simeone's side was held to a 1-1 tie at home to Malaga.

The two teams therefore both remain in control of their own destiny ahead of a mouth-watering decider in the Catalan capital next Sunday.

Atletico, unbeaten in five fixtures against Barca in 2013-14, now needs only a point at Camp Nou in the last round of La Liga to be crowned champion, while the Catalans must beat Simeone's side to claim the title via their head-to-head record.

A win for Gerardo Martino's men would see both teams finish the season on 89 points, but Barca would prevail thanks to superior head-to-head record in the two meetings between the sides (the first was a 0-0 draw and Barca would have won the second).

Real Madrid, meanwhile, is out of the race altogether after losing 2-0 at Celta Vigo on Sunday, but Carlo Ancelotti's side will finish second if it beats Espanyol next weekend and Atleti defeats Barca at Camp Nou.

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