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Madrid draw hands Liga crown to Barcelona

Published: Sunday 12 May 2013, 0.42CET
FC Barcelona, not in action until Sunday, have been crowned Spanish champions for the 22nd time after rivals Real Madrid CF were held to a 1-1 draw at RCD Espanyol.
Madrid draw hands Liga crown to Barcelona
Madrid show their disappointment after falling behind ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 12 May 2013, 0.42CET

Madrid draw hands Liga crown to Barcelona

FC Barcelona, not in action until Sunday, have been crowned Spanish champions for the 22nd time after rivals Real Madrid CF were held to a 1-1 draw at RCD Espanyol.

FC Barcelona have been crowned Spanish champions after Real Madrid CF drew 1-1 with RCD Espanyol.

With the Merengues having two games left, Barcelona's lead is an unassailable seven points heading into their weekend Liga engagement with third-placed Club Atlético de Madrid.

The hosts dominated the first period and deservedly took the lead when Christian Stuani rifled into the net after a deep corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble. The lively forward was denied a second by Diego López before half-time.

Madrid, aided by substitute Cristiano Ronaldo, equalised just shy of the hour, Gonzalo Higuaín meeting Luka Modric's free-kick with the deftest of headers. Both goalkeepers made important saves thereafter, but the spoils were shared. Madrid's attention now switches to Friday's Copa del Rey final against Atlético.

Bottom side RCD Mallorca's chances of survival receded further with a 2-1 defeat by Athletic Club, a match in which the strugglers had Andreu Fontàs and Joaquín Navarro Jiménez dismissed. RC Deportivo La Coruña are two points adrift of safety after succumbing to Real Valladolid CF, while CA Osasuna moved four clear of danger as Alejandro Arribas' goal sunk Getafe CF.

Last updated: 12/05/13 21.25CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 02/06/2013 22:50 CET

12/05/2013

MálagaMálaga0-0SevillaSevilla

Venue: Malaga

12/05/2013

AtléticoAtlético1-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Falcao 51

Alexis Sánchez 72, Gabi 80 (o.g.)

Venue: Madrid

12/05/2013

BetisBetis1-0CeltaCelta

Rubén 67

Venue: Sevilla

12/05/2013

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-4ValenciaValencia

Soldado 28 (P), 34, Guardado 62, Valdez 90+2

Venue: Madrid

11/05/2013

EspanyolEspanyol1-1Real MadridReal Madrid

Stuani 23

Higuaín 58

Venue: Barcelona

11/05/2013

OsasunaOsasuna1-0GetafeGetafe

Arribas 75

Venue: Pamplona

11/05/2013

ValladolidValladolid1-0DeportivoDeportivo

Guerra 48

Venue: Valladolid

11/05/2013

AthleticAthletic2-1MallorcaMallorca

Aritz Aduriz 8, Llorente 79

Dos Santos 81

Venue: Bilbao

10/05/2013

LevanteLevante0-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Venue: Valencia

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