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
1Real Madrid18134148173143
2Sevilla18123338221639
3Barcelona18115247173038
4Atletico MadridAtletico18104432141834
5Real Sociedad1810263025532
6Villarreal1987426141231
7Athletic Bilbao188462219328
8Celta Vigo188372932-327
9EibarEibar187562524126
10Espanyol196852526-126
11Las PalmasLas Palmas196762830-225
12AlavesAlaves195861720-323
13Malaga195682733-621
14Real Betis186392030-1021
15Valencia185492833-519
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo194782429-519
17Leganes194691531-1618
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon1833121937-1812
19Granada1917111642-2610
20Osasuna1816111738-219