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Barcelona ended their four-year La Liga title drought last night as they secured the trophy for themselves after defeating neighbours RCD Espanyol 4-2 away at Cornella El-Prat.

Having not won the league title since 2018/19, the Catalans have been in rampant form in the Spanish top flight this season and a resounding win over their local rivals in the Catalan derby earned them the title.

With this, Barcelona ended their worst run of consecutive seasons without winning the title (three) since the five between 1999/2000 and 2003/04.

It was a special occasion for manager Xavi Hernandez as well, as he became the fifth person to win the La Liga title with Barcelona both as a player and a manager, following in the footsteps of Josep Samitier, Johan Cruyff, Pep Guardiola, and Luis Enrique.

Robert Lewandowski led the way for Barça on Sunday night, bagging two goals, with both his strikes coming in the first half.

In the process, he became the first Barcelona player to score two goals in a first half of a La Liga away game against Espanyol since Patrick Kluivert in December 2003.

With his twin strikes, Lewandowski took his total tally for the season across all competitions to 31.

It meant that the Poland captain became the first Barcelona player to score 30+ goals across all competitions in his debut season since Ronaldo in 1996/97.

Young left-back Alejandro Balde also enjoyed a great game against Espanyol, as he finished with a goal and an assist at Cornella El-Prat.

With his goal involvements, the 19-year-old has both scored and assisted in the same game for Barcelona for the first time in all competitions (48 games), becoming the youngest player to score and assist in a derby against Espanyol in La Liga in the 21st century.

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