Five games that won Barcelona the La Liga title
As Catalan outfit wrap up the Spanish league, we look at five games that were key to their romp to the coveted trophy
8 Nov 2014
Almeria 1-2 Barcelona
Fresh from back-to-back league defeats against Real Madrid and Celta Vigo, Barca were facing an embarrassing reverse to relegation-threatened Almeria as they trailed 0-1 with 17 minutes remaining. However, Luis Suarez made his first significant contribution in a Barca shirt as he came off the bench to set up goals for Neymar and Jordi Alba to get Luis Enrique's men back on track.
30 Nov 2014
Valencia 0-1 Barcelona
The Mestalla has been one of the toughest places to go in European football this season with Valencia losing just once at home. Real Madrid, Atletico and Sevilla all lost there, but after riding their luck throughout the game, Sergio Busquets sealed three points with virtually the last kick of the game.
11 Jan 2015
Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid
The champions visited the Camp Nou with Barca in full blown institutional crisis. Defeat at Real Sociedad a week earlier had provoked the sacking of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and his assistant, club legend Carles Puyol. Coach Luis Enrique was said to be one game away from the sack as his relationship with Messi was in tatters. The 90 minutes that followed turned Barca's season around as Messi, Suarez and Neymar all scored for the first time in a league game with Messi and Suarez switching positions to what has proved to be devastating effect over the last five months.
22 Mar 2015
Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid
Barca went into the final El Clasico of the season in pole position and in much better form. However, they had to withstand an onslaught from Madrid for the first hour as Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Jeremy Mathieu's early opener. Suarez once again proved decisive with a stunning finish that moved Barca four points clear at the top, a lead which they never surrendered.
17 May 2015
Atletico Madrid 0-1 Barcelona
A year to the day since Atletico won a title decider at the Camp Nou, Barca exacted revenge and fittingly it was Messi (not in the picture) who scored the title winning goal to seal the first trophy of a potential treble this season.
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