Barcelona clinches Spanish league title after Messi scores in 1-0 win at Atletico


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BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored the goal that clinched the Spanish league title for Barcelona on Sunday, securing a 1-0 win at dethroned champion Atletico Madrid.

Messi slotted in the decisive goal in the 65th minute after working a sublime one-two passing combination with Pedro Rodriguez, who started for the injured Luis Suarez.

It was the Catalan club's 23rd league crown and its seventh in the last 11 years.

Barcelona can now focus the final of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey as it aims for a treble of trophies.

Real Madrid will finish runner-up despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat trick in a 4-1 win at Espanyol. It trails Barcelona by four points with one round left.

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