Barcelona secured a 25th La Liga title with a Lionel Messi inspired 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna
A hattrick for Messi clinches the title for @FCBarcelona. Leading scorer for the European Golden boot. The golden goat.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 29, 2018
The visitors found themselves under a little more under pressure than they would have anticipated in the opening stages, with Depor leaving their respects to the guard of honour they offered ahead of the first whistle.
However, despite a somewhat even start, it took Barcelona just seven minutes to find themselves with an advantage on the scoreline as Coutinho initiated the title-winning celebrations with a stunning opener.
With Andres Iniesta watching on from the substitutes' bench, Ousmane Dembele found space on the right-hand side of the area before teeing up his Brazilian team-mate, whose first-time curling attempt beat
7 - Lionel Messi is the first player in La Liga history to score 30+ goals in seven different seasons. Stellar. pic.twitter.com/JyQFKnm4ie— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 29, 2018
Lucas Perez was onside but his teammates who were offsides interfered with the goalkeeper . Good call by the ref. #DeporBarça— Anan (@OnizukAssist) April 29, 2018
But just five minutes after Schar spurned another clear opportunity for the hosts at the other end, the Argentine maestro made the opposition pay for their sloppy finishing by lashing home from a tight angle to end his spell of two games without a goal against Depor.
Luis Suarez picked up possession wide on the right-hand side before spotting his team-mate's run, which he found with a beautifully weighted flick over the top of the defensive line; and Messi made no mistake in his volleyed finish to double the Catalonian's advantage.
11 - Lionel Messi has scored 11 goals at Riazor in La Liga, his favourite away ground alongside Santiago Bernabeu. Executioner. pic.twitter.com/L8aZUJUovm— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 29, 2018
But that two-goal buffer was reduced to one again almost
After conceding, Ernesto Valverde's men attempted to take the sting out of any further
#DeporBarca 1-2 HT: Entharrling first half with both sides taking and spurning chances. Depor continue to fight for their lives at the bottom of the table while Barca look set on wrapping up the title in style. Coutinho, Messi & Perez on target, so far. More of the same, please.— Joe Owens (@jwpowens) April 29, 2018
Play was distributed to the right-hand side of the Barca area following a quick break, and after some swift and clinical one-touch passing, the 26-year-old Turkey international was afforded space to slide his shot past the motionless
Barcelona torn apart by Deportivo on that goal. Valle is played in and turns Pique then delivers a cross that is touched into Colak by Borges and he makes no mistake from mere yards out.— totalBarça (@totalBarca) April 29, 2018
But Barcelona's advantage was almost restored 10 minutes from time as Suarez and Messi combined on the edge of the area to leave the Uruguayan one-on-one with Ruben; however, the custodian got down well to stop the bending attempt.
However, the veteran goalkeeper could do nothing moments later as the Argentine ace all but wrapped up the title with a simple finish from close range.
Again, the two attackers, who have been such a ruthless force throughout the entire campaign, combined, but unlike the instance just seconds before, the former Liverpool striker chose to tee up his team-mate for the finish rather than take on the strike himself, to which Messi obliged and tucked home the LaLiga championship-winning goal.