Barcelona and the Spanish league that got away

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For Barcelona, this season’s Spanish league title will go down as the one that got away.

A league-high 116 goals scored, four fewer goals conceded than champion Real Madrid, and the competitions’ top two scorers in Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should have been enough to win the title for the third straight year.

But the statistics didn’t mean much in the end because those great numbers and Messi’s continued excellence couldn’t compensate for costly losses to underdog sides and the subpar contribution of Barcelona’s role players.

The Catalan club rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on Sunday at Camp Nou, but Madrid won 2-0 at Malaga to finish three points ahead.

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