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By ESPN Staff
May 12, 2013

Barca celebrate title with victory

Barcelona celebrated their La Liga title success with a 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid that was only soured by an injury to Lionel Messi.

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Barca were confirmed as champions on Saturday night when Real Madrid could only draw at Espanyol but initially looked set to mark the occasion with defeat as they trailed to Radamel Falcao's opener when Messi limped off on 67 minutes.

But by the time their talisman had reappeared, changed and showered, on the touchline Barca had snatched away victory.

Alexis Sanchez equalised on 72 minutes, following a one-two with Cesc Fabregas, before Gabi awkwardly turned a David Villa shot into his own net nine minutes from the end.

The final whistle drew some half-hearted title celebrations from the Barca players in front of the travelling support at the Vicente Calderon.

Valencia kept the pressure on Real Sociedad for the final Champions League spot by thrashing Rayo Vallecano 4-0 away from home.

Roberto Soldado scored twice before the break, while Andres Guardado and Nelson Valdez completed the rout in the second half.

The result was Valencia's second consecutive 4-0 victory and means Ernesto Valverde's side temporarily move one point ahead of Real Sociedad, who host Granada on Monday.

Rayo's own ambitions of making it into the Europa League appear to be slipping away and they remain tenth in the league, having played a game more than their rivals.

Malaga and Sevilla both passed up opportunities to gain ground in their respective campaigns to qualify for Europe by playing out a goalless draw at La Rosaleda.

The two sides were evenly matched and although the visitors created marginally the better chances, a draw was not an unfair result in the end.

The result all put paid to Malaga's already slim hopes of finishing in the top four, as they are five points behind Valencia with one game less to play. Sevilla remained eighth in the Primera Division table, moving one point ahead of Getafe, but they have still not won away from home since September.

Real Betis boosted their European hopes after ending a four-match winless run with a 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Celta Vigo.

Ruben Castro's goal midway through the second half decided things in Betis' favour as they kept the heat up on stuttering Malaga in sixth spot.

For second-bottom Celta though, the result was another damaging setback following their recent mini-revival and they are now three points adrift of safety with just two games to go.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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