FC Barcleona end the season as Spanish champions

08:33, May 17, 2010      

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FC Barcelona beat Valladolid 4-0 in the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday to retain the La Liga title.

Barcelona went into the match knowing a win would guarantee the title no matter what Real Madrid did away to Malaga.

The Catalans suffered a nervous start, but quickly calmed down and took the lead thanks to an own goal from Luis Prieto after 27 minutes. Pedro Rodriguez added a second after 32 minutes and from then the result was never in doubt.

All that was left was for Leo Messi to score his 33rd and 34th goals of the season in the second half, as Barcelona was totally in control.

The result means Valladolid is relegated to the second division.

Malaga drew 1-1 at home to Real Madrid to assure they remain in the top flight next season. Duda scored for the home team and Rafael van der Vaart leveled for Real Madrid just after the break, after which both sides seemed content with the result.

Xerez were also relegated after a 1-1 draw away to Osasuna in Pamplona, while Tenerife also returned to the second division after Alexis' late goal sent them to a 1-0 defeat away to Valencia.

Finally Tchite scored twice to give Racing Santander a 2-0 win at home to Sporting Gijon. Sporting fielded a virtual reserve side and Racing escaped relegation.

Saturday saw the European positions decided. Sevilla left it late before clinching fourth place and the last qualification for the Champions League.

Youngster Rodri scored a 93rd minute winner to give Sevilla a 3- 2 win in Almeria. Sevilla had twice taken the lead through Kanoute and a Chica own goal, but it looked as if the three points would escape them until the dramatic last minute of extra time.

That last gasp goal meant that Mallorca have to settle for fifth place and playing the Europa League next season. Mallorca cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Espanyol with goals from Victor and Mario.

Getafe joins Mallorca in the competition after cruising to a 3- 0 triumph away to neighbors Atletico Madrid, who were clearly more interested in celebrating last week's European success and looking ahead to Wednesday's Copa del Rey final.

Roberto Soldado, who scored twice, and Dani Parejo scored the goals that meant Villarreal had to settle for seventh place despite fighting back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 away to Zaragoza.

Villarreal can still qualify for Europe if Sevilla wins Wednesday's Cup final.

Finally Athletic Club Bilbao ended the season with a 2-0 win at home to Deportivo la Coruna in Joseba Etxeberria's last game following 15 years and 515 appearances for Athletic.



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