Barcelona crowned La Liga champions

Barca's Leo Messi is congratulated after a goal against Real Betis on May 5, 2013
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Barcelona win La Liga following Real Madrid's draw 1-1 at Espanyol this evening.

Barcelona have won La Liga following Real Madrid's 1-1 draw at Espanyol this evening.

Jose Mourinho's side needed to win to keep alive their slim hopes of a second successive title but were held at Cornella-El Prat.

Christian Stuani's opener was cancelled out by Gonzalo Higuain, but the visitors could not find the winner that would have kept the title race open.

The result leaves Tito Vilanova's side seven points clear of their fierce rivals, with Madrid only having two games left to play.

The triumph is the Catalan giants' 22nd league title and the fourth time in five years the club have topped the division.

Barca play Atletico Madrid tomorrow evening at the Vicente Calderon and have two matches in hand over Madrid.

Los Blancos will contest the Copa del Rey final against their local rivals Atletico on May 17.

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1Atletico Madrid345285
2Barcelona346681
3Real Madrid336279
4Athletic Bilbao342262
5Sevilla341859
6Real Sociedad34754
7Villarreal341252
8Valencia34045
9Espanyol34-641
10Malaga34-641
11Levante34-1141
12Celta Vigo34-1140
13Rayo Vallecano34-2940
14Granada34-2037
15Elche34-1935
16Osasuna34-2535
17Real Valladolid33-1832
18Getafe34-2232
19Almeria34-3230
20Real Betis34-4022