La Liga's past last-day drama ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid battling it out
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 14/05/16 3:45pm
As Barcelona look to fend off the challenge of Real Madrid this weekend to claim a 24th La Liga crown, we look back at past last-day drama.
Barca, a point ahead of Real in the standings, go to Granada at 4pm on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 4 HD with coverage starting at 3.30pm, while Real Madrid are at Deportivo, coverage starting at 3.55pm, on Sky Sports 3 HD.
With the head-to-head record separating sides rather than goal difference, Barca's superior record over Real this season (5-2 on aggregate) means Zinedine Zidane's side must win and hope Barca draw or lose to take the title.
La Liga final day on Sky
Sky Sports will bring you the final day live as Real Madrid and Barcelona battle it out.
Sounds simple enough? Nothing is set in stone, and these examples prove it...
1991/92 - Cruyff's first title
Under the stewardship of Johan Cruyff, Barca were looking to defend La Liga for the first time following years of Real Madrid dominance.
Going into the final game of the season, the Catalans needed a win against Athletic Bilbao and hope that Real lost against Tenerife, but when the islanders fell 2-0 down, it looked all over.
However, a stunning Tenerife comeback, sealed by Pier Luigi Cherubino's stunning long-range winner for 3-2, was paired with Barca's 2-0 win over Athletic to hand advantage to Cruyff and co.
It was one of the most dramatic finales to a European season, and Barcelona went on to win another two titles in 1993 and 1994.
1993/94 - The missed penalty
Cruyff's fourth straight La Liga title in charge of Barcelona also went down to the wire; Barca needed to chase down Deportivo, who knew a win at home against Valencia would send it their way.
Barcelona hosted Sevilla at the Nou Camp, and despite falling behind twice to goals from none other than Diego Simeone and Davor Suker, they eventually did their bit by winning 5-2.
Depor's clash was 0-0 going into the final minute, meaning the title was heading to Barcelona on a head-to-head record, but when Valencia's second goalkeeper Jose Gonzalez fouled Nando in the box, it looked like heartbreak for Cruyff and his side.
But big Serbian defender Miroslav Djukic rolled his spot-kick into the hands of Gonzalez, cue pandemonium back at the Nou Camp.
2006/07 - Beckham's title at last
Despite being ahead for the majority of the campaign, Barcelona were to surrender their lead in the final two weeks of the season to rivals Real Madrid, giving David Beckham his much-coveted La Liga crown.
Barca drew 2-2 with Espanyol on the penultimate weekend, meaning Real just had to beat Mallorca on the final day to clinch the title on head-to-head superiority.
They went 1-0 down early on at the Bernabeu, and that's how it stayed until the 68th minute before Jose Anotnio Reyes' equaliser.
Mahamadou Diarra put Real ahead and Reyes added another with eight minutes remaining to send the title to the capital.
2013/14 - Atletico stun the Nou Camp
Atletico fell at the weekend in Levante to make it a two-horse race, but the memory of their 2014 title win lives long in the memory.
For the first time since 1951, the title came down to a head-to-head match between Atletico and Barcelona at the Nou Camp, with Diego Simeone's side needing a point to clinch it.
Barca took a 1-0 lead in the first half through Alexis Sanchez's stunning strike, and all seemed calm among the Catalans until Diego Godin's 49th-minute header earned Atletico their first title in 18 years. It was the first time since 2004 that neither Barca or Real had claimed the title.