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Barca puts title quest on overdrive
May 14th, 2009 7AM



One down, two to go. Barcelona won its first title of the season when it captured the Copa del Rey -- Spain's cup competition -- for a 25th time with a 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao thanks to three goals by Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic and Xavi in nine minutes in the second half.

Athletic led on a Gaizka Toquero header past Barca reserve keeper Jose Manuel Pinto before Yaya Toure, playing at center back for Barcelona, equalized.

"The title is a reward for the players and all the people who have worked so hard to get us here," Barca coach Pep Guardiola. "Now we need to win the league as soon as possible so we can can prepare well for the Champions League final in Rome."

Barcelona clinch La Liga title as soon as Saturday if second place Real Madrid fails to win at Villarreal.

If Real Madrid wins, Barca only needs at Real Mallorca on Sunday to win its second trophy.

Barca is just four goals short of the record 107 goals scored in a season by Real Madrid in the 1989-90 campaign.

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