Barcelona took care of business on the final matchday of the 2015-16 La Liga season, beating Granada 3-0 to win their second straight Spanish title.
The Catalans entered the match knowing they couldn’t afford to drop points, with Real Madrid right on their tails, but two goals from Luis Suarez in the first half all but wrapped up the title race. He would add a third in the second half.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s results:
|La Liga Results: Saturday|
|Deportivo La Coruna||0-2||Real Madrid|
|Atletico Madrid||2-0||Celta Vigo|
The current La Liga standings:
|La Liga Standings|
|13||Deportivo La Coruna||38||8||18||12||45||61||-16||42|
As expected, Granada dug in defensively and invited pressure from the Catalans from the opening kick-off, leading to a handful of chances but few real openings in the first 15 minutes.
There was a controversial moment involving Gerard Pique, who thought he had opened the score only to see the ball turned away on the line. The official decided it never crossed the line, and per Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, it was a decision that could have invited scrutiny depending on the result of the match:
But there would be no need for such scrutiny, as Suarez gave the Blaugrana the lead they deserved after 22 minutes, tapping home from close range.
Here’s a look at the goal, courtesy of Sky Sports La Liga:
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo had given his team the lead over Deportivo La Coruna earlier, but that didn’t matter as long as the Catalans won. Granada barely threatened the Barcelona goal in the first half, and manager Luis Enrique’s troops never had to switch gears.
The pace of their attack dropped toward the end of the half, but Suarez still doubled Barcelona’ advantage after 38 minutes, pouncing on a great cross from Dani Alves.
Here’s a look at the goal:
The second half became something of a parade for the visitors, as Granada appeared content just to play out the match and end their season. Lionel Messi nearly added a third goal with a fantastic free-kick that was saved by Andres Fernandez, and the stopper made another fine save to deny Neymar minutes later.
Both teams made plenty of substitutions throughout the half, pulling the pace of the match down even further, but there was still time for Suarez to complete his hat-trick. Messi played Neymar through on goal with a superb pass, and the Brazilian unselfishly laid it off for Suarez.
Here’s the goal:
Substitute David Barral nearly pulled a goal back with a superb effort late, hitting the post and watching as the ball rolled across the line before going out for a goal-kick.
That was the closest Granada would ever come to a goal, however, and after a few minutes of injury time, the official blew the whistle, and Barcelona were able to celebrate their title.
Per the club's official Twitter account, manager Luis Enrique praised his team's ability to overcome adversity:
In Galicia, Real did what they had to do to keep their title chances alive. Ronaldo opened the score early and added a second goal before half-time, but when word of Barcelona’s strong showing in Granada reached the stadium, Los Blancos gave in.
Manager Zinedine Zidane even substituted Ronaldo early in the second half, likely to preserve him for the UEFA Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 28. The Rojiblancos also won 2-0 on Saturday, beating Celta Vigo thanks to goals from Anoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres.