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  1. Barca win La Liga with Messi hat-trick
  2. Andres Iniesta a sub in first game since announcing he is leaving
  3. Deportivo relegated

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Will the city of Barcelona sleep tonight? Probably not.

Standby for plenty of sore heads in Catalonia tomorrow.

Time for me to dash. Before I do let me point you in the direction of these two pieces on the BBC Sport website.

Spanish football writer Andy West argues that change is needed at Barca for a European challenge - despite being dominant in Spain.

You can read that here.And you can read a match report on tonight's game here.

Many thanks for your company.

Until next time.

Party time

Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona


Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona


The Messi & Suarez Show

Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

What a performance by Lionel Messi.

A hat-trick on the night his team wins the title.

But a word about Luis Suarez. He's the first player to assist Messi for three goals in the same game in all competitions.

Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Throwing away a 4-1 lead against Roma and crashing out of the Champions League was a crushing blow for Barca.

But they've responded by securing a domestic Copa del Rey/La Liga double.

Is it enough for a club like Barca where European success is crucial?

Barca win La Liga

Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Will Real Madrid give Barca's players a guard of honour at the Nou Camp next Sunday?

A La Liga double over Real would be the icing on the cake for Ernesto Valverde in his first season in charge.

Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Barca's players are making their way over to applaud their travelling fans.

Meanwhile, Deportivo's players are in a huddle on the pitch.

They've been relegated on the back of this result and there are tears in the crowd.

It's a scene of contrasting emotions.

Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Barcelona wrap up the league with four games to go.

And they're still unbeaten. Remarkable.


Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona


Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Two minutes of additional time.

The party is under way in the Barca end.

Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Gerard Pique is unmarked in Deportivo's six yard box.

Is this number five?



Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Here he comes...

National treasure Andres Iniesta is sent on for the final moments.

The whole of the ground rises to give him a welcome fit for a king.

GOAL - Deportivo 2-4 Barcelona

Lionel Messi


A script made in Hollywood. Lionel Messi bags his hat-trick to seal the points on a night Barcelona are crowned champions of La Liga.

Deportivo have been brave and bold but they are spent.

Another super cool finish from the main man.

GOAL - Deportivo 2-3 Barcelona

Lionel Messi

It's happening!

Let the celebrations begin.

Another move from another world to unlock the defence and another cool, composed finish from Lionel Messi.

Barcelona is not going to sleep tonight.

Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Deportivo give the ball away in a dangerous position. Lionel Messi pounces on it but his shot is charged down.

Another classy move and Luis Suarez is in on goal. Is this the winner? Saved by the keeper.


Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Paulinho is on for the closing stages. Deportivo have yet to make a change.

Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Barcelona are 15 minutes or so away from another La Liga title but Deportivo are out to spoil the fun. Great display by the hosts.

Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Big chance for Barca.

Luis Suarez twists and turns before pulling the trigger.


Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Barca are rattled! I repeat. Barca are...

Carnage inside the penalty area as the leaders desperately try to scramble the ball away.

Another Deportivo corner and Schar heads towards the net forcing ter Stegen to get down quickly.


Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Barca sub alert!

It's not Iniesta. Instead Denis Suarez is on for the final 20 minutes or so.

Ousmane Dembele has been hooked.

Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Loving this gutsy performance by Deportivo.

Too often this season teams have rolled over for Barca.

Not this lot.

GOAL - Deportivo 2-2 Barcelona

Emre Colak


Deportivo are out to spoil the party.

A wonderful move ends in Emre Colak sweeping past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

He was unmarked. An inquest is going on in Barca's defence.

Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona


Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Home and away fans are applauding as Andres Iniesta climbs from the subs bench to warm up. It's as though there has been a goal! Huge noise to greet the great man. But will he get on the pitch?


Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

No complaints from Nelson Semedo as he becomes the first Barcelona player to have his name taken for hauling down Correia Pinto.

A huge roar goes up inside the ground...someone has started to warm up.

Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Lucas Perez is having a decent game and is asking questions of Barca's defence.

He draws a save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen with an angled low shot.

History maker

Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona


Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Champagne football by Barcelona.

Another delicious move comes close to unlocking the home defence.

It's a driving run by Dembele who picks out Luis Suarez who feeds Messi who produces a save.

Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Great start by Deportivo.

Barca spend the first couple of minutes on the back-foot before they break on the counter through Ousmane Dembele.

His pace is electric. What a super talent and still only 20.


Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Will Andres Iniesta make an appearance this half?

No changes by either team - or in the weather.

We're back under way in the rain.

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Patrick Green: Lucas Perez scored 7 in 21 for us, just didn't really have enough chances.

Atletico win despite Torres penalty miss

Alaves 0-1 Atletico Madrid

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Earlier today....

Fernando Torres had a penalty saved as Atletico Madrid warmed up for their Europa League semi-final second leg with Arsenal with victory at Alaves.

Torres' 71st-minute attempt was saved by Fernando Pacheco Flores - but seven minutes later Atletico won another penalty, which Kevin Gameiro scored.

Atletico had Angel Correa sent off in injury time for two bookings.

Atletico host Arsenal on Thursday after a 1-1 first-leg draw at the Emirates.

Read the match report here.

Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi now has 30 La Liga goals. That's six more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bring on El Clasico. This time next week...

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Messi' left boot: The Messiah has scored!


Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Barca are 45 minutes from the title!

Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Deportivo are making the leaders work hard.

Their manager Clarence Seedorf has not had too much to smile about lately but he enjoyed that goal.

GOAL - Deportivo 1-2 Barcelona

Lucas Perez

This was not in the script!

Lucas Perez gets the beter of Jordi Alba to hammer a low first time shot beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

If only he could have done that more often for Arsenal!

A reminder Barca still have work to do before they can celebrate.

GOAL - Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi

A goal worthy of winning any championship!

Hand Barca the title now.

The leaders double their lead with an absolute beauty straight off the training ground.

Luis Suarez provides the assist - an exquisite curling cross with the outside of his foot - and Lionel Messi finishes with a sublime volley.

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Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

Deportivo won't get many chances so they need to make the most of the ones they do create.

Borja Valle toes an opportunity just wide before Fabian Schar heads another opening over the bar.

He lets out an almighty yell in frustration. He knows he should have scored.


Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

Great effort from Messi and an equally impressive save by keeper Ruben who flings himself across his line to keep the ball out.

Excellent reflexes from the stopper.