Pep Guardiola celebrates second La Liga title

May 17, 2010

FC Barcelona took the Spanish league title last night in a 4-0 win against Valladolid, while Real Madrid’s hopes evaporated in a 1-1 draw against Malaga. Both Valladolid and Malaga were fighting relegation and had as much to play for as the arch-rivals at the top of the league, but in the event it was Malaga who saved their own skin.

The game started with Barça playing rather nervously and it wasn’t until the 26th minute that the first game came when Prieto put the ball in his own net after deflecting a shot from Pedro; two more minutes and Pedro put the ball in the net for Barcelona’s second goal.

Messi also played a starring role, with his first goal in the 62nd minute off Touré Yaya; he also set up Messi’s second goal in the 76th minute.

With the final whistle blown the crowd and team celebrated in style, while elsewhere across the city fireworks and horns celebrated the success of FC Barcelona; the city; and Catalonia.

1-0 Luis Prieto (min 26)
2-0 Pedro (min 28)
3-0 Messi (min 62)
4-0 Messi (min 76)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
38
31
6
1
98
24
99
2
Real Madrid
38
31
3
4
102
34
96
3
Valencia
38
21
8
9
59
38
71
4
Sevilla
38
19
6
13
65
49
63
5
Mallorca
38
18
8
12
59
44
62
6
Getafe
38
17
7
14
58
48
58
7
Villarreal
38
16
8
14
58
57
56
8
Athletic Bilbao
38
15
9
14
50
53
54
9
Atlético Madrid
38
13
8
17
57
61
47
10
Deportivo
38
13
8
17
35
49
47
11
Espanyol
38
11
11
16
29
46
44
12
Osasuna
38
11
10
17
37
46
43
13
Almería
38
10
12
16
43
55
42
14
Zaragoza
38
10
11
17
46
64
41
15
Sporting Gijón
38
9
13
16
36
51
40
16
Racing Santander
38
9
12
17
42
59
39
17
Málaga
38
7
16
15
42
48
37
18
Valladolid
38
7
15
16
37
62
36
19
Tenerife
38
9
9
20
40
74
36
20
Xerez
38
8
10
21
38
66
34

The title will be Joan Laporta’s last as president of Barça; the next few months will see club elections and a new era will thus begin; who knows if it will be anywhere near as successful as the Laporta era, which has seen a real renaissance in the fortunes of the club.

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