Messi double as Barca retain the Spanish title as Real Madrid end off with Malaga draw; Tenerife, Xerez & Valladolid relegated

Barcelona 4 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Barcelona keeper Valdes looked like a nervous wreck after just three minutes against Valladolid as the keeper lost the ball yards off his own goal-line and Carles Puyol needed to save the day with a crucial block. In the 27th minute Barca struck when Pedro’s dangerous ball into the mixer was diverted into his own net by Luis Prieto. Once in front Barca pressed their advantage and within minutes starlet Pedro Rodriguez had made it 2-nil. (First half highlights here.) Just after the hour Barcelona signed, sealed and delivered the championship to the Nou Camp as Yaya Toure burst down the inside right channel and squared for Leo Messi to apply the killer touch. The party was in full swing 15 minutes from time and Leo Messi danced his way into space on the edge of the box and drilled home number four.

The scenes at the final whistle can be seen here.

Malaga 1 – Real Madrid 1 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Real Madrid saw the Spanish title slip out of the grasps inside 10 minutes at Malaga, Duda combined with Man City loanee Felipe Caicedo before firing the hosts into an early lead. (First half highlights here.) Real needed less than three minutes of the second half to equalise, Rafael van der Vaart collected the ball in the box, spun on a sixpence, and tucked his shot in the bottom corner.

Valencia 1 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Tenerife were relegated after losing 1-0 to Valencia, who were already guaranteed to finish third. There was nothing to separate the sides until the 90th minute when Alexis struck for Valencia.

Osasuna 1 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Xerez had a mathematical chance to stay up but ended bottom after playing out a 1-1 draw at Osasuna. Dady’s opener for Osasuna was cancelled out by Ramiro Antonito five minutes later, but Xerez could not find a winner and their misery was compounded when Fabian Orellana was dismissed just before the final whistle.

Racing Santander 2 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Racing Santander also secured their survival following a 2-0 success over out-of-form Gijon. Mohammed Tchite opened the scoring in the 35th minute and then found the target again 10 minutes after the interval.