With Real Madrid second to Villarreal, Diego Simeone’s men needed a win to secure the title, but their hopes were on the line when Oscar Plana relegated Valladolid to the front.
But Correa’s superb solo effort restored parity, with a blatant failure from Shon Weissman at the other end of the stage for Suarez to complete the turnaround.
Real Madrid produced a late turnaround to win 2-1 but finished two points behind city rivals in the table.
The pressure on Atleti’s shoulders was reflected in a frenzied departure from league leaders Suarez and Saul Niguez pulling out efforts before Valladolid struck.
In the 18th minute, a breakdown in Atleti’s attack led Marcos de Sousa to feed Plano who, having just kept one step ahead of a glut of defenders, quietly slipped past Jan Oblak. .
Jawad El Yamiq almost gave Atleti a reprieve with what would have been a calamitous goal against his own side, and with Weissman wasting a chance to double Valladolid’s lead, Suarez moved closer after the restart, only for Saidy Janko clears the head of the Uruguayan.
Still, the pressure finally kicked in in the 57th minute.
It looked like the chance to shoot was gone when Correa took a heavy throw-in, but some clever footwork created a gap between four defenders and the Argentinian produced a brilliant finish in the right corner.
Valladolid looked set to restore their lead just past the hour mark, only for Weissman to miss a golden opportunity again, heading for a gaping goal after Oblak parried Lucas Olaza’s strike.
Atleti made Valladolid pay, with Suarez pouncing on Michel’s sloppy pass to break free and complete the decisive blow, winning Simeone’s second LaLiga title and dooming the hosts in second place.
What does it mean? Atleti gets what he deserves
It’s been eight years of frustration in La Liga for Atleti – who had hundreds of traveling fans outside the stadium in support – since Simeone guided them to the 2013-14 title.
Simeone became the third coach to win two titles in the competition for the club, after Ricardo Zamora (1939-40 and 1940-41) and Helenio Herrera (1949-50 and 1950-51), and although Barcelona, Seville and Madrid All the tilts accommodated after Atleti’s fragile form in 2021, their brilliant first half of the season – they’ve lost just once in 22 league games – proved enough to see them above the line, with Madrid’s last comeback against Villarreal proving unsuccessful.
Valladolid, meanwhile, needed a win to have a chance to stand, but a late chance for Sergi Guardiola to deny Atleti the title has been wasted, and they will play in tier two next season.
Signature of the Suarez season seals success
Who else would he have been? Lionel Messi was reportedly furious when Barca decided to allow Suarez to leave, and the former Liverpool star has finally proven the difference in the title race.
His 21 league goals have earned Atleti 22 points, which is more than any other LaLiga player this season as it stands.
Weissman’s failures spare Atleti
Although they don’t care at all, Atleti might have regretted a missed opportunity if Weissman had kept his cool.
His first effort – one of the two – was a straight header to Oblak, but it was his second that proved the most costly for Valladolid, and even Los Blancos, when he inexplicably led his attempt on the rebound. six meters, with all the goal to aim, and in less than five minutes, Suarez had scored the winning goal for Atleti.
Key facts about Opta
– Simeone won his eighth title with Atleti – two La Liga crowns (2013-14 and 2020-21), two Europa League triumphs (2012 and 2018), two UEFA Super Cups (2012 and 2018), one Copa del Rey (2013) and a Super Cup (2014).
– Simeone is the manager with the most titles in the history of the club, surpassing Luis Aragones (seven).
– Atleti have gained more points after losing than any other LaLiga team in 2021 (17). They made a comeback in seven of their 11 games in which they conceded the game’s opening goal, winning five and drawing two.
– Correa has scored nine goals in 38 La Liga appearances this season, his best score in a single league campaign with Atleti.
– Valladolid suffered relegation from La Liga for the fourth time in the 21st century (2004, 2010, 2014 and 2021), more than any other team in the competition this century.
Atleti’s season is over, but they can spend the time preparing for a 2021-2022 campaign as defending champions, while Valladolid will focus on an immediate La Liga return.