Reuters

Soccer-Barca crush Valladolid to win back-to-back La Liga titles

Sun, 16 May 19:55:00 2010

What had promised to be a nerve-wracking finish to the La Liga season for Barcelona ended up being a stroll in the park as they reclaimed the title with a 4-0 victory at home to Real Valladolid on Sunday.

The trophy was Barca's to lose as they started the day with a one point lead over Real Madrid and the head-to-head advantage in their favour, but they held their nerve in front of a packed an expectant Nou Camp.

Pedro forced Valladolid's Luis Prieto into scoring an own goal after 27 minutes and soon after he doubled the lead from a Lionel Messi pass.

Argentine World Player of the Year Messi wrapped up the victory with a double in the second half, taking his tally for the season to 34.

Barca finished the season with a Spanish league record of 99 points, three ahead of Real Madrid who were held to a 1-1 draw at Malaga, Rafael can der Vaart equalising for the visitors in the second half.

(Writing by Mark Elkington, editing by Pritha Sarkar. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

 

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