Granada 0-3 Barcelona

Tom MarkLast Update : Saturday 14 May 2016 - 8:14 PM
Granada 0-3 Barcelona
Barcelona scored 24 goals without reply in their final five La Liga games

Barcelona pipped bitter rivals Real Madrid to the La Liga title thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick at Granada.

Barca’s fifth victory in a row ensured they won the league by one point from Real, who beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0.

Suarez tapped in, powered home a header and slotted Neymar’s pass to give him La Liga’s golden boot with 40 goals.

Barca, nine points clear on 1 April, will seal a second straight league and cup double if they beat Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday, 22 May.

Deadly Suarez banishes early nerves

Luis Suarez scored 14 times in the final five league games of the season

Barca could easily have felt tense during the final-day decider, especially when Cristiano Ronaldo scored early in La Coruna to give Real the advantage.

A Gerard Pique header and Lionel Messi shot were turned away by Granada keeper Andres Fernandez as Barca dominated the early stages.

Suarez, who started the day four clear of Ronaldo in the race for Pichichi – La Liga’s golden boot – eased any nerves when he was left unmarked to tap in Jordi Alba’s cross in the 22nd minute.

Granada offered virtually no threat throughout and the game was as good as over when Dani Alves brilliantly hooked the ball across for Suarez to flash home a near-post header before half-time.

The Uruguayan completed his treble four minutes from the end when Neymar’s unselflish flicked pass offered him an empty net.

Suarez’s total of 40 is more than anybody has scored in a La Liga season other than Messi and Ronaldo.

Barca regain their form when it matters

Suarez’s third goal against Granada means he has scored eight hat-tricks for Barca in all competitions this season

Before the second El Clasico of the season on 2 April, Barcelona were unbeaten in 39 games, nine points clear at the top of the table and bidding to become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League title.

But a 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid at the Nou Camp sparked a dramatic fall for the Catalan club. Within 15 days they were out of Europe and only top of La Liga by virtue of head-to-head difference after three successive defeats.

However, they responded by winning five in a row, scoring 24 goals and conceding none.

More to follow.

Source: BBC World

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