Spanish La Liga
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Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi netted his 41st La Liga goal of the season

Lionel Messi's strike gave Barcelona their 23rd Spanish title as they beat Atletico Madrid to regain La Liga.

Messi's 41st league goal of the season ensured that Real Madrid will finish second - despite Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Espanyol.

With one game left Barca hold a four-point lead ahead of rivals Real.

Luis Enrique's treble-chasing side play Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish cup final on 30 May, before facing Juventus in June's Champions League final.

Defending champions Atletico had gone close to opening the lead before Messi exchanged passes with Pedro and fired low into the corner.

The Barcelona players and staff celebrated on Atletico's Vicente Calderon pitch after reclaiming the crown which they lost to Diego Simeone's side on the final day of last season exactly a year ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo took his league tally to 45 for the season with a hat-trick against Espanyol

And they could yet repeat the feat of 2008-09, when they won a historic treble under Pep Guardiola.

The Catalan club have scored 108 goals so far in the league, with a fixture at home to relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna still to come.

Their front three of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez - who missed the trip to Atletico through injury - have been prolific, netting 115 goals between them in all competitions.

Barca had a trophyless campaign last time round under Argentine coach Tata Martino, but Enrique has turned the club's fortunes around in his first season in charge.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez, who joined Barca from Liverpool last summer, has scored 16 Liga goals this season

However, the former Barca and Real midfielder - who played at the Nou Camp between 1996 and 2004 - had to overcome a difficult period in the New Year before eventually guiding Barca to the title.

The 45-year-old coach faced heavy criticism for leaving Messi and Neymar on the bench as Barca, then adrift of Real Madrid in the title race, lost at David Moyes' Real Sociedad.

Messi v Ronaldo - goals and glory since Ronaldo moved to Madrid in 2009
Lionel Messi (Age: 27)Cristiano Ronaldo (Age: 30)
Source: messivsronaldo.net
Appearances: 318Appearances: 299
Goals: 328Goals: 310
Major honours (14): La Liga (4), Champions League (1), Spanish Cup (1), Uefa Super Cup (2), Spanish Supercup (4), Fifa Club World Cup (2).Major honours (7): La Liga (1), Champions League (1), Spanish Cup (2), Uefa Super Cup (1), Spanish Supercup (1), Fifa Club World Cup (1)

There were suggestions that the move led to a row between him and talisman Messi, who was forced to deny reports he wanted to leave Barca.

But since that turbulent week in early January, Enrique has steered Barca to 29 wins and just two defeats in 32 matches across all competitions as they now target the treble.

Carlo Ancelotti's Real side were hoping Barca would slip up at Atletico in order to take the title race to the final day.

But although Ronaldo took his tally to 45 goals in the league in a 4-1 victory over Espanyol, Messi's moment of magic was enough for Barca to win their fifth championship in seven years.

Barcelona

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Juanfran
  • 24Giménez de VargasBooked at 89mins
  • 2GodínBooked at 31mins
  • 3SiqueiraBooked at 90mins
  • 14GabiBooked at 75mins
  • 4SuárezSubstituted forRaúl Garcíaat 68'minutes
  • 10TuranSubstituted forMandzukicat 72'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 6KokeBooked at 53mins
  • 19TorresSubstituted forÑíguezat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 8Raúl García
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 11Jiménez
  • 17Ñíguez
  • 18Gámez
  • 23Miranda

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forMathieuat 80'minutes
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forRafinhaat 87'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forXaviat 82'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 90mins
  • 7PedroBooked at 29mins
  • 11NeymarBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 6Xavi
  • 12Rafinha
  • 20Sergi
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 31El Haddadi
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
53,254

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home23
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Barcelona 1.

Booking

Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid).

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt saved. Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rafinha.

Attempt blocked. Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Jordi Alba.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez replaces Fernando Torres.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dani Alves.

Booking

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Mario Mandzukic replaces Arda Turan.

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García replaces Mario Suárez.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona373034108198993
2Real Madrid372926111357689
3Atl Madrid37238667293877
4Valencia372111567303774
5Sevilla37227868432573
6Villarreal371612948331560
7Ath Bilbao371410133841-352
8Malaga37148154045-550
9Espanyol371310144548-349
10Rayo Vallecano37154184464-2049
11Celta Vigo371212134442248
12Real Sociedad371013144049-943
13Elche37117193562-2740
14Getafe37107203057-2737
15Levante3799193467-3336
16Granada37713172964-3534
17Deportivo La Coruña37713173358-2534
18Eibar3788213155-2432
19Almería3788213361-2832
20Córdoba37311232265-4320
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