Real Madrid CF have claimed the Primera División title for the 30th time after coming back from a goal behind to beat RCD Mallorca and beat FC Barcelona by virtue of a superior head-to-head record.
Madrid knew victory would be enough no matter what Barça did in their game against CG Tarragona but they found themselves behind after 16 minutes when Fernando Varela hit a low drive past Iker Casillas. However, the home side fought back and after José Antonio Reyes equalised from close range (67) they went ahead for the first time with ten minutes to go when Angelos Basinas put through his own net. Reyes then quickly made it 3-1 to effectively secure victory.
Barcelona could not have done anymore to help their own cause as they ran out 5-1 winners against basement side Tarragona. Two goals from Messi, along with one each for Carles Puyol, Ronaldinho and Gianluca Zambrotta sealed a comfortable success for the Catalan giants but it was not enough. Sevilla were five points adrift on 71 points following their defeat against Villarreal CF - Fabricio Fuentes scoring the only goal early in the second half.
Atlético miss out
Elsewhere in the later games on Sunday, Real Zaragoza slipped to sixth behind Villarreal CF after only managing a 1-1 draw away at RC Recreativo de Huelva. Both sides qualify for the UEFA Cup however, while Club Atlético de Madrid just miss out after finishing on the same number of points as Zaragoza following a 2-1 success against CA Osasuna.
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