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)
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)
Source: messivsronaldo.netexternal-link

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.



Atl Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 24Giménez de VargasBooked at 89mins
  • 2GodínBooked at 31mins
  • 3SiqueiraBooked at 90mins
  • 14Fernández ArenasBooked at 75mins
  • 4SuárezSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 68'minutes
  • 10TuranSubstituted forMandzukicat 72'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 6KokeBooked at 53mins
  • 19TorresSubstituted forSaúlat 80'minutes


  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 11Jiménez
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Gámez
  • 23Miranda


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 1ter Stegen
  • 6Hernández
  • 12Rafinha
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 21Correia
  • 24Mathieu
  • 31El Haddadi
Alberto Undiano Mallenco

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamBarcelona
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Barcelona 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Booking

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

    Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rafinha.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Ivan Rakitic.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 17th May 2015

As It Stood

2Real Madrid372926111357689
3Atl Madrid37238667293877
7Ath Bilbao371410133841-352
10Rayo Vallecano37154184464-2049
11Celta Vigo371212134442248
12Real Sociedad371013144049-943
17Dep La Coruña37713173358-2534
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