Barcelona are champions of La Liga, 23rd league title
Lionel Messi preparing to score as Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid for its seventh title in the last 11 years in the Spanish league’s first division.
Lionel Messi ended Barcelona’s short-lived trophy drought by scoring the goal that clinched the Spanish league title on Sunday, securing a 1-0 win at the dethroned champion Atlético Madrid. Messi slotted in the decisive goal in the 65th minute after working a one-two passing combination with Pedro Rodriguez, who started for the injured Luis Suárez.
It was Messi’s 41st goal of the season, and it powered Barcelona to its 23rd league crown — its seventh in the last 11 years — as it re-established itself as the dominant team in Spain.
Roma came from behind to beat Udinese, 2-1, in Milan and leapfrog its city rival Lazio in the battle for the second spot in Serie A. The teenager Stipe Perica put Udinese in front, but Radja Nainggolan tied the game late in the first half. Vasilis Torosidis scored the winner in the 65th minute after a defensive blunder from the visitors.
Earlier, Cagliari was relegated as it lost 1-0 at home to Palermo, a result that guaranteed Atalanta safety.
Flamengo scored late to salvage a 2-2 draw against Sport after its opponent was forced to put a midfielder in goal for the final minutes of a Brazilian league match at Maracanã Stadium.
The Brazilian midfielder Kaká scored one goal and set up another as the M.L.S. newcomer Orlando City beat the Los Angeles Galaxy, 4-0, for its first home win. Orlando City held its first lead at home — in six games — in front of an announced crowd of 40,122.
In the only other M.L.S. game, Zach Pfeffer scored in second-half stoppage time as the host Philadelphia Union defeated D.C. United, 1-0, to end a four-game losing streak.
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