First Division - Day 38

Barcelona 4 - Valladolid 0

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves (Ibrahimovic 79'), Puyol, Piqué, Abidal; Touré Yaya, Busquets, Keita; Messi, Bojan (Henry 77'), Pedro (Iniesta 85'). 4-3-3.
Valladolid: Jacobo; Pedro López, Luis Prieto (Héctor Font 61'), Raúl Navas, Sereno, Barragán; Javi Baraja, Pelé, Jonathan Sesma (Nauzet 46'); Manucho (Keko 79'), Diego Costa. 5-3-2.

1-0. 27. Luis Prieto (own goal). Deflected Pedro's cross past Jacobo trying to clear.
2-0. 31. Pedro. Picked up pass from Messi and fired shot under legs of keeper.
3-0. 62. Messi. Turned shot in on far post after Touré Yaya laid ball across.
4-0. 75. Messi. Collected Touré Yaya pass and rounded Pedro López to score.

Yellow cards: Barragán 44', Manucho 47', Baraja 53', Dani Alves 67'.

It's all over! Barcelona made sure of their second league title in a row after a comfortable 4-0 win over Valladolid on Sunday night kept them three points ahead of Real Madrid. Although the hard work was done in Sevilla a week ago this was not a foregone conclusion, with Javier Clemente's side fighting for their own first division survival. And for the first quarter of an hour the visitors more than held their own, Manucho almost scoring after a mix-up in the defence.

With just under half an hour gone though Luis Prieto turned Pedro's cross in to his own net, and four minutes later Pedro ran on to Messi's through ball and fired a shot under Jacobo for his team's second. From then on there was no doubt, and a good run by Touré Yaya after the break ended with Messi slotting the ball in to an empty net.

Messi got his second of the night a few minutes later, again after an assist by Touré Yaya, and after that Guardiola allowed Henry, Ibrahimovic and Iniesta a run out, the first two presumably to take their leave of the fans and the third to give him a bit of match practice prior after a long injury. Celebrations all round, and a record number of 99 points to add to their ever growing credentials.