Villarreal decides Spanish League title

May 18, 2009

While the league title was almost inevitable for Barça, in the end it was Villarreal who decided when. After drawing with Barcelona last week and delaying the inevitable, Villarreal beat Real Madrid 3-2 on Saturday, thereby removing them from contending the title.

With the title in the bag, Saturday turned into a party night all over Barcelona, with crowds congregating in Plaça Catalunya. Unfortunately the celebrations got out of hand once again and when a minority of troublemakers started to cause trouble the riot police were called in, with predictable results.

The end result is that on May27th – date of the Champions League final – people may not be allowed to congregate in Plaça Catalunya and Canaletas at the top of the Ramblas, the traditional place to celebrate Barça victories.

Following the league title on Saturday, it was a very much reduced squad to visit Mallorca for Sunday night’s game. Severn first team players were rested and the team was hardly familiar except for Samuel Eto’o – who wants to take the trophy for highest scoring player in the league – and Dani Alves.

The result was predictable – Mallorca won 2-1 after two goals wowards the end of the second half after Barcelona had lead from the 10th minute – but with the league wrapped up FC Barcelona have bigger things to focus on.

0-1, Eto’o (min 10)
1-1, Arango (min 73)
2-1, Cléber Santana (min 78)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
36
27
5
4
104
33
86
2
Real Madrid
36
25
3
8
81
47
78
3
Sevilla
36
19
7
10
51
39
64
4
At. Madrid
36
18
7
11
73
56
61
5
Valencia
36
17
8
11
65
51
59
6
Villarreal
36
16
11
9
55
51
59
7
Deportivo
36
16
9
11
47
45
57
8
Malaga
36
15
9
12
54
55
54
9
Mallorca
36
13
9
14
48
56
48
10
Almeria
36
13
7
16
45
55
46
11
Athletic
36
12
8
16
46
56
44
12
Santander
36
11
9
16
47
47
42
13
Valladolid
36
12
6
18
44
55
42
14
Espanyol
36
10
11
15
40
49
41
15
Betis
36
10
10
16
49
56
40
16
Getafe
36
9
11
16
48
55
38
17
Gijon
36
12
1
23
43
77
37
18
Osasuna
36
8
13
15
38
46
37
19
Numancia
36
10
5
21
38
66
35
20
Huelva
36
8
9
19
33
54
33

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