FC Barcelona were just one goal short of winning the 2013/14 La Liga title. In the last match of the competition against Atlético Madrid, Barça had the opportunity to retain the league trophy, but the 1-1 scoreline led to the colchoneros winning the prize.

59 weeks at the top of the table

Barça were excellent at the start of the season. The team won their first eight matches, and dropped points for the first time in their ninth game, away to Osasuna (0-0). They won their following match, against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou (2-1).

Gerardo Martino’s men continued on form until December, when they picked up their first defeat of the season, at San Mamés (1-0). Without Messi, who was injured at the start of November, Barça maintained the top spot of the table until Match Day 22. Atlético Madrid wrestled control of the table away from the blaugrana, and thus Barça’s 59-week reign on the perch of Spanish football came to an end.

Defeated to Valencia (2-3), Valladolid (1-0) and Granada (1-0) complicated things for Barça. The epic game at the Santiago Bernabéu, which ended in a 3-4 victory for FC Barcelona, was one of the last truly inspiring performances from the team in La Liga.

Valdés’ serious injury in the match against Celta (3-0) and victories over Espanyol (0-1) and Betis (3-1) set Barça up for an unpredictable end-of-season run. Madrid lost their chance to win the title when they dropped points to Valencia and Valladolid, and Atlético Madrid were unable to seal the title as they dropped points to Levante and Málaga, while Barça struggled against Getafe (2-2) and Elche (0-0).

It came down to the final match. Three points separated Atlético from Barça, and the game was to be played at the Camp Nou. A victory, which would crown Barça champions, was close as Alexis Sánchez gave his team the lead, but an equaliser from Godin sealed the title for Atlético.