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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2Real Madrid285264
3Valencia283060
4Atletico Madrid283059
5Sevilla281855
6Villarreal281749
7Malaga28044
8Athletic Bilbao28-639
9Real Sociedad28-436
10Celta Vigo28-235
11Rayo Vallecano28-1735
12Espanyol28-534
13Getafe28-1529
14Eibar28-1228
15Elche28-2927
16Deportivo La Coruna28-2126
17Almeria28-1925
18Levante28-2925
19Granada28-2523
20Cordoba28-2618