|First Division - Day36|
Celta 0 - Barcelona 1
Jonathan Aspas, Contreras, Lequi, Angel; Oubiña, Iriney (Jesús
Perera 77'); Antonio Nuñez (Jorge 67'), Canobbio, De Ridder (Gustavo
López 67'); Baiano. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Celta: Jonathan Aspas, Antonio Nuñez, De Ridder for Placente, Jorge, David Silva / Barça: Van Bronckhorst, Iniesta, Larsson for Sylvinho, Motta, Giuly.
Barcelona tied up their second league title in a row and the eighteenth of their history after beating Celta 0-1 on Wednesday night. Frank Rijkaard's side knew by half time that the championship was theirs after their nearest rivals Valencia fell to a surprise defeat at Mallorca in a match which kicked off earlier in the evening. The coach wanted to get things wrapped up a soon as possible though to have time to plan for the Champions League final, and put out a strong line up. And they dominated the first half, with Pinto saving well from Eto'o, Larsson and Van Bommel and Eto'o putting another chance over the top.
When news of their rival's defeat came through Barça could even afford to lose, but within minutes they were ahead when Eto'o picked up a deflected pass from Van Bommel and pulled the ball away from his marker before striking a low shot across the keeper. Iniesta curled a shot wide soon afterwards and Eto'o, anxious to increase his lead over Villa at the top of the Pichichi table, selfishly had a couple of shots at goal with colleagues better placed to score.
Celta were defending their fifth spot in the table though, and finally pushed forward as their visitors relaxed. Substitute Jesús Perera fired a shot wide and then hit the crossbar with the goal at his mercy, and víctor Valdés did well to stand up to another effort from Canobbio. But the final whistle wnent soon afterwards, and Barça returned to a victory celebration in the Condal city which went on long in to the night.