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Barcelona edge Real Madrid to win La Liga title

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Barcelona have retained the La Liga title after defeating Granada in their final match of the season Saturday afternoon.

Luis Enrique’s men headed into Saturday’s clash at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes a point ahead of second-placed Real Madrid and three points above Atletico Madrid, who were effectively out of the race for top spot due to their inferior goal difference.

Los Blancos effectively needed to beat Deportivo La Coruna to stand any chance of finishing above their fierce rivals but although they ran out 2-0 victors at Estadio Riazor thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace, there efforts were in vain.

Barca got the victory they needed to ensure a 24th La Liga triumph and pull closer to Real’s record of 32, with Luis Suarez grabbing a hat-trick to cap off another scintillating campaign and become the first Spanish club to retain the title since they did likewise in 2011.

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Enrique’s side are unable to defend their Champions League crown after being knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage by Atletico and Zinedine Zidane’s charges could have the last laugh in that sense if they can find a way past Los Colchoneros in the final.

Barcelona’s season isn’t done here though as they also have a Copa del Rey final meeting with Sevilla to attend to which could yet see them retain yet another trophy in 2015/16.

Luis Suarez is the only player across Europe’s top five leagues to hit 40 goals this season.

 

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