Champions League qualification for both Malaga and Sevilla were all but sealed shut this weekend after both teams failed to score at La Roselda.
The visitors proved to have the better chances in the game, controlling the time of possession and mustering two on target shots. Cameroonian keeper Carlos Kameni showed he was up to the task, keeping out an early barrage of shots, and stopping a Juan Cala header in the second half.
Sevilla holds on to its eight place in the Primera Division table, while Malaga will hope for a collapse from Valencia and Real Sociedad while it sits in sixth place.
Cesc Fabregas has had success at every level of football. However, he believes Barcelona securing the 2012-2013 La Liga Primera Division title on Saturday is one of his greatest club achievements yet.
“I’m very pleased that we won the title,” he said on FCBarcelona.com. “It’s a dream come true for me and I’m very proud. It’s a very special moment. This is the most important title I’ve won at club level.”
“We would have suffered if we had given Madrid a chance to get back in the title race, but we won whenever they got close.”
Fabregas has scored 10 goals this season, and is pleased with his overall contribution to the club’s efforts this season. But he still feels he can improve. “I’ve participated a lot in La Liga and that pleases me, I’ve played a lot of matches,” he stated. “I have to improve, I need to be self-critical once the season ends, but I’m young and I can do it.”
For some time, top clubs such as Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea had all been in the race to land Radamel Falcao. The 27 year-old striker has dazzled La Liga with his sensational performances while at Atletico Madrid, including a 4-1 drubbing of Chelsea where he recorded a hat trick.
However, French club AS Monaco FC has whisked away Falcao with a £50million deal that will bring the Colombian to Fontvieille. Owner Dmitry Rybolovlev wasn’t afraid to be aggressive, and he hopes Falcao will help Monaco challenge Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-German as they return from relegation.
The deal does contain an intriguing escape clause that will allow Falcao to leave after one year, ensuring that all other clubs aren’t quite out of the race. The striker will collect £8.2m a year.
Barcelona have won their 22nd La Liga title, wrestling back ownership of the championship they lost to Real Madrid last year. It was Los Blancos who went into into their match with Espanyol knowing they must win to postpone the celebration, but they were unable to do so in their 1-1 draw at Cornella El-Prat.
It’s the fourth league title in five years for the Blaugrana, and it’s the first time they’ve won it after losing the prior season. They currently sit atop La Liga table with 88 points, just 12 points shy of the league record 100 points scored by Real Madrid last year.
Manager Tito Vilanova led his club to an unbeaten record at home in the league, losing only two games to Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, while scoring 105 goals to date. Barcelona faces Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
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