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Barcelona Clinch La Liga Championship Following Real Madrid Draw

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 12:  Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona celebrates after Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scored his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan at the Camp Nou Stadium on March 12, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 11, 2013

Barcelona are the new champions of Spain after Real Madrid's recent draw against Espanyol saw them fall too far behind the Catalan club in the league standings.

The home side struck first against Jose Mourinho's club through Christian Stuani in the 23rd minute. Despite Gonzalo Higuain's equalizer in the 58th minute, Los Blancos were not able to finish with a victory, thereby handing Barcelona another league trophy.

The Catalan club lost last season's La Liga title to their Madrid rivals but were quickly able to fix that in 2013. They went undefeated in their first 19 games and established a lead that Los Blancos would not overcome.

Barcelona have scored over 100 goals already this season with several games still to play. While there's no doubting the club's frustration following their elimination in the Champions League semifinals against Bayern Munich, success on the domestic front will still give the Catalans and their fans something to celebrate in 2013.

The victory marks the 22nd time that Barcelona have won La Liga, though rarely have they endured the problems and issues that they have this season.

From manager Tito Vilanova spending several months away from the team as he battled cancer to reigning Ballon d'Or holder Lionel Messi suffering a hamstring injury in the latter part of the year, Barcelona have endured a lot in 2013, so their title victory is justly deserved.

And their dominance this year makes this quite a remarkable thing.

''I have to congratulate Barcelona, its coaches, players, board, and fans,'' said Mourinho, Real Madrid's manager (per AP, h/t FoxSports.com). ''It just won a league that was ours until today, and the least we can do is to congratulate them.''

La Blaugrana are scheduled to play against Atletico Madrid on Sunday, May 12.


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