Football: Five-star Barcelona edge towards title, Atletico beaten

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates with Neymar and Luis Suarez (right) after scoring a goal against RCD Espanyol on Sunday (May 8).
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates with Neymar and Luis Suarez (right) after scoring a goal against RCD Espanyol on Sunday (May 8).PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona are one win away from retaining their La Liga title after Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored as they thrashed Espanyol 5-0 in the Catalan derby on Sunday.

Real Madrid moved into second place a point behind Barca with one game remaining as they racked up an 11th straight La Liga win, 3-2 over Valencia.

However, Atletico Madrid's title hopes are over as they lost 2-1 at already relegated Levante.

Barca will be champions with victory at Granada next weekend, who crucially are now mathematically safe from relegation after a 4-1 win at Sevilla.

Real Madrid travel to Deportivo la Coruna on the final day of the season.