• Liga - Barcelona crowned after Valladolid win
    09:51 | 20/05/2013

    La Liga, Camp Nou – Barcelona 2 (Pedro 21, Valiente og 42) Real Valladolid 1 (Perez pen 89)

    Eurosport - Barcelona - Xavi, Pedro, Fabregas

    Eurosport – Barcelona – Xavi, Pedro, Fabregas

    An under-strength Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 2-1 at a sodden Camp Nou – and celebrated their 22nd Liga title at full time.

    Pedro opened the scoring with a low finish under Valladolid keeper Jaime.

    Barca doubled their advantage three minutes before the break, with Marc Valiente’s inadvertently deflecting Andres Iniesta’s corner into his own net.

    Victor Perez converted a late penalty for the visitors but Barca, who were without Lionel Messi, Dani Alves and Carles Puyol, limped to their 30th victory of the season.

    With Tito Vilanova’s side having already secured the Liga title with three games to spare and Miroslav Djukic’s Real Valladolid heading for a mid-table finish, there was very little riding on this match in the rain.

    But Barca started strongly and were soon rewarded with the opener. Latching onto Xavi’s through ball, Pedro fired under Jaime’s dive for his ninth goal of the season – his sixth in La Liga.

    The visitors were restricted to the rare half chance, the best of which fell to Oscar – but his shot from 20 yards was tame.

    Barca doubled their lead shortly before the break courtesy of Valiente’s own goal. The former Barca academy player was unable to clear Iniesta’s corner and could only divert it past Jaime into his own net.

    The intensity dropped in the second half, but Barca created a cluster of clear chance to add a third. The first was created by the former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who drove down the left and pulled back to Pedro, but the forward’s thumping shot skimmed off the top of the bar.

    Fabregas then had the chance to score himself, but bent a lovely shot a fraction wide, before turning provider moments later with a perfectly-weighted through ball for David Villa, but the former Valencia striker could only draw a save from Jaime – with Pedro somehow failing to score into the empty net on the rebound.

    Valladolid substitute Alberto Manucho earned a late penalty when he was tripped by Martin Montoya, and Victor Perez sent Victor Valdes the wrong way from the spot.

    But Barca, who have claimed the title without having won the Clasico this season, always had the measure of their opponents and ran out deserving winners – and celebrated the title by lifting the La Liga trophy after the game.

    According to Yahoo

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