Barcelona Defeat Espanyol to Secure First La Liga Title Since Messi's Departure

Barcelona is rejoicing over their triumph in the Spanish league, marking their first title win since Lionel Messi's departure from the club two years ago amidst financial difficulties. The Catalan club secured a 4-2 victory against Espanyol on Sunday, although the match was overshadowed by Espanyol fans invading the pitch and forcing Barcelona players to retreat to the dressing room. Robert Lewandowski's brace guided Barcelona to the championship, with four rounds still remaining.

The last time Barcelona celebrated a league title without Messi in their squad was during the 1998-99 season. Messi joined the first team in 2004-05 and won the title in his debut season. However, the on-field celebrations were cut short when a large group of Espanyol fans, hailing from the ultra section behind one of the goals, charged towards Barcelona players in jubilation.

Security personnel swiftly intervened, and riot police had to position themselves at the entrance of the tunnel to prevent the fans from entering. The supporters resorted to throwing chairs and other objects in their excitement.

In addition to Lewandowski's goals, Alejandro Balde and Jules Koundé also found the net for Barcelona, who have now amassed a total of 27 league titles, trailing Real Madrid by eight. Atletico Madrid, occupying third place, currently trails by 16 points after suffering a 1-0 defeat against bottom-placed Elche earlier in the day.