Barcelona won the Spanish League soccer title, benefiting from Real Madrid's stumble at Cornella-El Prat, where it had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Espanyol.

Saturday night's result means that the Catalonian team will now travel to the Spanish capital as League champion to take on Atletico de Madrid on Sunday in an already irrelevant match.

This is the third time in history that Barça has won the title without having actually battled for it in a match.

The first time was in 1991, when after losing 0-4 at Cadiz on a Saturday, the next day the team became League champs upon Atletico de Madrid's loss at San Sebastian.

Four seasons ago, the Barça of Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova was named League champion on a Saturday when Madrid lost 3-2 to Villarreal, while Bacelona played a Sunday match at Mallorca's home stadium.

With the title now in its pocket, Barça closes out a year during which the League has been its only trophy, after it went down to defeat in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League semifinals and lost its hold on the Spanish Supercopa title to Madrid.

Barcelona intends to celebrate winning the title and, although there is no definitive information available as yet about the specific events that will be staged to do so, everything is pointing to the traditional street parade through the city on Monday to display the League cup to the fans followed by a final celebratory bash at Camp Nou.

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