Football: Five key Barcelona matches

Five key matches that helped Barcelona clinch their 22nd La Liga title:

Sevilla 2 Barcelona 3 (September 29)

Having won their first five league games Barca travelled to Sevilla, who were on a high after beating Real Madrid at the Sanchez Pizjuan a fortnight earlier.

And Sevilla looked set to repeat their success over Real as goals from Piotr Trochowski and Alvaro Negredo put them 2-0 in front.

However, Cesc Fabregas pulled one back immediately for Barca and after Gary Medel had been controversially sent-off, two goals at the death from Fabregas and David Villa snatched victory for Barca.

Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2 (October 7)

Although these were the only two points dropped by Barca in a remarkable first-half of the campaign, it was a draw that maintained their rapidly assembled eight-point lead over Madrid and ensured they were never in danger of being caught.

Moreover, it was achieved with Adriano and Javier Mascherano playing together at centre-back, the pairing of a converted full-back and central midfielder for one of their biggest games of the season epitomised Barca's defensive struggles throughout the season.

Deportivo La Coruna 4 Barcelona 5 (October 20)

As if to underline that point, the following week Barca travelled to Depor and despite taking an early 3-0 lead were given a torrid time in Galicia.

A Lionel Messi hat-trick proved to be the difference though as the visitors just managed to stave off a second-half onslaught from Deportivo after Mascherano had been sent-off.

Barcelona 4 Atletico Madrid 1 (December 16)

For the majority of the season, Real weren't even Barca's closest challengers. An excellent start to the campaign meant Atletico were in second place when they travelled to the Camp Nou in mid-December and they briefly looked as if they might spark life into the title race when Radamel Falcao put them in front.

However, a screamer from Adriano and two more goals from Messi ensured an a comfortable victory and a nine-point lead at the turn of the year.

Barcelona 2 Sevilla 1 (February 23)

Sandwiched between defeats to AC Milan in the Champions League and Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey was another league match where Barca were forced to come from behind.

Alberto Botia headed the visitors in front just before half-time, but the introduction of Cristian Tello at the break energised Barca and goals from David Villa and Messi ground out a win.