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Suarez’s hat-trick won Barcelona 24th La Liga title

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Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) celebrates with Barcelona's defender Jordi Alba (R) after scoring during the Spanish league football match Granada FC vs FC Barcelona at Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada on May 14, 2016. Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO

Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) celebrates with Barcelona’s defender Jordi Alba (R) after scoring during the Spanish league football match Granada FC vs FC Barcelona at Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada on May 14, 2016. Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid’s late-season surge. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO

Football Club Barcelona’s fifth victory in a row ensured they won the 2015/2016 La Liga season by one point from Real, who beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0.

Suarez tapped in, powered home a header and slotted Neymar’s pass to give him La Liga’s golden boot with 40 goals.

Barca, nine points clear on April 1, will seal a second straight league and cup double if they beat Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday, May 22.

Barca could easily have felt tense during the final-day decider, especially when Cristiano Ronaldo scored early in La Coruna to give Real the advantage.

A Gerard Pique header and Lionel Messi shot were turned away by Granada keeper Andres Fernandez as Barca dominated the early stages.

Suarez, who started the day four clear of Ronaldo in the race for Pichichi – La Liga’s golden boot – eased any nerves when he was left unmarked to tap in Jordi Alba’s cross in the 22nd minute.

Granada offered virtually no threat throughout and the game was as good as over when Dani Alves brilliantly hooked the ball across for Suarez to flash home a near-post header before half-time.

The Uruguayan completed his treble four minutes from the end when Neymar’s unselfish flicked pass offered him an empty net.



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