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.

Espanyol's Sergio Garcia celebrates his goal on December 16, 2012
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona21163254173751
2Atletico MadridAtletico23154431102149
3Real Madrid22145364204447
4Villarreal22135429181144
5Sevilla2210663123836
6Athletic Bilbao2210483330334
7EibarEibar239773528734
8Celta Vigo2210483335-234
9Malaga238692120130
10Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2261243027330
11Getafe2375112635-926
12Valencia2251072623325
13Real Sociedad2266102634-824
14Espanyol2264122041-2122
15Real Betis2257101531-1622
16Sporting GijonSporting Gijon2163122335-1221
17Las PalmasLas Palmas2256112334-1121
18Rayo Vallecano2255122847-1920
19Granada2255122444-2020
20Levante2245132141-2017
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