Barcelona won its first Spanish league
title in six years on Saturday after a 1-1 tie at Levante.
Samuel Eto'o scored his 24th goal of the season in the 60th minute for
Barcelona, which won the league title for the 17th time. Alberto Rivera
had given the hosts the lead in the 35th minute.
Barcelona leads Real Madrid by six points with two rounds remaining. The
Catalan team, which has been in first place since October, only needed a
point after Madrid tied 2-2 with Sevilla earlier Saturday.
``It's a great moment. It's been a difficult league with a very good
Madrid, but we totally deserved to win it. It's the first for me but not
the last,'' Barcelona midfielder Deco said.
With Barcelona clinching first place and Real Madrid already having
clinched second and a berth in the first round of next season's European
Champions League, the English national team is likely to ask Real Madrid
to release David Beckham and Michael Owen for the May 28 exhibition game
against the United States at Chicago.
Levante took the lead when Rivera put Edwin Congo's pass past goalkeeper
Victor Valdes. But Barcelona tied the score when Eto'o, the league's
leading scorer, headed in after a pass from Rafael Marquez.
Sevilla took the lead in the 19th minute when Sergio Ramos scored with a
long, low shot that beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas, but Madrid tied the
score in the 42nd when Sevilla defender Javi Navarro scored an own-goal
while trying to clear a low cross from Roberto Carlos.
Midway through an intense second half, Zinedine Zidane scored with a
long shot that went in off the crossbar.
Julio Baptista tied the score again in the 89th when he headed in a
cross from Jesus Navas.