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MADRID May 12 – Barcelona were crowned Spanish champions for the third successive season with a 1-1 draw at Levante on Wednesday clinching a 21st domestic title with two games to spare.
Barcelona needed just a point to retain the title and they duly obliged to become the first side to win three consecutive league titles since 1993 when Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona ‘Dream Team’ won the third of their four straight league crowns.

Mali midfielder Seydo Keita headed in a 27th minute opener for Barcelona only for Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo to equalise on 40 minutes, but it didn’t matter as a draw gave the Catalan side the title.

"It’s always a nice feeling to win the title and the fans really deserve this," said midfielder Xavi.

"I imagine we’re going to celebrate this title win with them tonight in the streets of Barcelona."

Barcelona stand six points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid and they lift the title courtesy of their superior head to head record over their rivals.

Coach Pep Guardiola has won the league title in each of his three seasons in charge and can now concentrate on going for the double with the Champions League final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 28.

"Winning the title is always difficult and this one was tough just like the others were before," said Guardiola. "Now we can enjoy this win."

Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday meant Barcelona had to finish the title job themselves.

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Guardiola vowed not to rest his stars and was true to his word as the likes of Lionel Messi, David Villa and Xavi started although Andres Iniesta began on the bench.

French international Eric Abidal also started at left back in his first league start since mid-March having successfully undergone surgery on a liver tumour.

Levante sounded an early warning with Valdo firing just wide but the visitors drew first blood through Keita on 27 minutes.

Xavi picked out Keita as he made a late run into the box and he produced a terrific header.

Barcelona had one hand on the trophy but got complacent with Spanish international Gerard Pique making a schoolboy defensive mistake to confuse goalkeeper Victor Valdes and Caicedo was on hand to equalise.

Messi went close with a free-kick before the interval but at the break the title was in their hands despite a below-par display.

The champions came out with more urgency in the second half and Messi took centre stage on 57 minutes with a neat turn and dribble past three men with his quick feet but his shot crashed against the left hand post to safety.

The Ballon D’Or holder then went on another mazy run but his shot crept wide as Barcelona waited for a goal to ease their nerves.

Both teams appeared happy with the draw, with Levante moving four points above the relegation zone, as the game petered out and Barcelona popped the champagne corks.

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In other matches, Valencia missed the chance to seal third spot in the league following a 2-2 draw at Espanyol.

Ernesto Galan scored a 76th minute equaliser for Espanyol to salvage a point and leave Valencia, five points ahead of fourth-placed Villarreal, needing a point from their remaining two games to clinch third and the automatic Champions League berth.

Villarreal drew 0-0 with relegated Almeria on Wednesday and have guaranteed fourth spot and a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Down at the bottom promoted Hercules, one of only two teams to beat Barcelona in the league this season, were relegated following a 2-2 home draw against Real Mallorca on Wednesday.

Hercules led 2-0 but two goals in four minutes late in the second half sees them six points adrift of safety and Getafe’s superior head to head record means they join Almeria in being relegated from the Spanish top-flight.

Osasuna staged the comeback of the day, however, coming from two goals down to defeat Sevilla 3-2 on Wednesday in a crucial win for their survival bid.

Alvaro Negredo had scored a brace to put Sevilla two goals up but Osasuna scored twice in the final five minutes to turn the game.

Substitute Dejan Lekic scored an 89th minute winner as Osasuna moved five points clear of the bottom three, while Sevilla missed the chance to go above Athletic Bilbao into fifth.

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  1. George

    April 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    thank God now u know the reason wat he saw ws devasitating to him and again u trust him.wat wud happen if he was diogonised wit a disease which wud render his manhood unfunctionable wud u get out of your matrimony to search for sex.Pray for God to intervene.

  2. Jennifer

    April 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

    First of all let me say that you are a lucky woman seeing as he has not cheated for all this long considering the circumstances. Walking out of the marriage does not seem to me like a wise decision because he does seem to love you a lot and thats why he does not want to do anything that would lead to losing you. However in my opinion speaking to a professional that would make him understand that there are proven birth control methods that are almost 99% effective would be a first step in persuading him to some intimacy.This professional would maybe also discuss other birthing methods such as cs that do  not hold as much anxiety and uncertainity as normal delivery.At 27 we can still say you have room to give him some more time before he recovers from the trauma seeing as you yourself have already recovered from that experience. 

  3. Sara

    April 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    The truth is  that you have another option. It’s called forcing the issue. It’s not a marriage if you are not having sex. In reality, he is being unfaithful to you by refusing to have sex with you. Faithfulness is basically being there for you in his capacity as your husband and that includes being there for you sexually. 

    How could you go 4 years??? How could you go 4 months without sex with your husband without any good reason??? You are asking for advice now???? You should have looked for advice when a month went by… Catch the cancer early, not going to the doctor when you have grown a head-size tumor…
    Address the issue. Raise hell until you get to the bottom of it. If it’s medical, see a doctor!!!  Just do not allow him to neglect you in this way. Address this issue strongly and don’t let it go until you come to an understanding. I’m saying, move out of the house, tell his parents… bring in the big guns… There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. 

    Anyway, I doubt that is the only problem in your marriage. The options you have are suffer or save your marriage. 

    • Mazzdark

      April 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

      You are not helping! Those ‘force the issue’ strategies NEVER WORK! She needs to reload her ‘Sexy App’, work out kidogo, get a tight body short sexy skirts and lingerie, some leg etc and work the man, we are visual creatures – it is images that switched him off, use a new image to switch him on…..

      • October

        May 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Don’t be too quick to type nonsense Mazzdark. Has she mentioned anything about gaining weight or losing her sex appeal after child birth? She didn’t say her hubby has a problem with her weight. It has got nothing to do with her image. She clearly found out that it’s the trauma of reliving another complicated delivery that the husband just can’t face. It has got nothing to do with whether or not he’s visual. He can be visual, physical, spiritual…… doesn’t matter. Point is they both need serious counselling. He holds himself responsible for her near-death experience and doesn’t want another such chance. That man is being controlled by FEAR.

        Having said that however, I do get this wee bit feeling that the woman in agony has not spilled the whole truth about her marriage.

        • structurep

          August 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          love is too big to a word for men, i believe this hubby is a liar. It is very rare for a man to give up sex because of trauma. I saw my wife deliver and i always love her love making. It makes us complete and can’t imagine missing it for a month with good reason like medical leave. This man is getting it from elsewhere and as mazzdark put it, you need to up your game else break it off and stop suffering alone. Sex will never come coz you forced it, women should know it better try forcing a lady it will be rape no matter the case. So jus engage a mental war and caress him out of his cacoons.

      • Joyce Shiku

        May 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        Really, love is beyond Lingerie and short sexy legs, companionship and frienship sees beyonds small maters like those. Royco and Pilau Masala is only meant to spice up food

  4. Dawna

    April 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Unfortunately the longer one stays with a problem without resolving it, the more it sinks in and becomes part of you. This is an issue that should have been dealt with immediately. It’s sad that you didn’t get to know the reason and that shows that there is a communication breakdown in your marriage. He should have been able to trust you enough to tell you the real reason he is not in the mood for sex.

    Alternatively, there may be another issue and he is using this story as a cover-up. After 4 years, you both need to be straight with each other. Be frank and tell him to see a counselor and both of you need to seek professional help from a CERTIFIED  marriage therapist.

    You need to move past the traumatic experience your husband went through, lack of communication and the last 4 years before you can move and continue with a healthy marriage or part ways. This can only be decided once you confront the various.

    Otherwise, 4 years is a long time for no sex in a marriage.

  5. Kairetu69

    April 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    4 years without sex and you are married?? What!!! I’d be suspicious after the 6 weeks after birth and my hubby doesn’t want sex. I think he’s getting it elsewhere….which dude will last that long? It’s like being a virgin all over again!! 

  6. Elijah Kevin Jumbo

    April 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

    If someone loves you there’re ways to demonstrate and show they do. There’re a lot of relationships, not necessarily sexual, where parties claim they ‘love’ or care about one another, while the truth is very different and painful. If your man claims to care about you so much then he would be the first to hug you, kiss you and hold you tight thanking God you came through the life threatening ordeal. His prayer would be, “God, I’ll do anything for her and my baby and we’ll live happily praising your Name if you let them come through this!” NOT ‘I’ll never touch her again!”

    What your husband has continued to do is feed his own self-righteousness and selfishness. If a partner in a LOVING relationship had a physical or mental problem and they knew it, they would do anything to address the problem, not only for their own well being, but for the spouse they so much care about. He is the only man you should rightfully get sexual satisfaction from and if he knows that and he denies you your right for more than a month without explanation, he can not claim he loves you. By saying he’s not ready yet, is further prove that he’s only serving his personal selfish interest and what you feel or need is not part of his priorities.

    I think you should consider what @e1ee1df38e7a8f1dd16ec80dddb2235d:disqus  has posted below wisely and seriously with the aim of arousing his mind from slumber in the hope to save (not wreck) your marriage. Let him feel your frustrations and disappointments, let his see how his “loving you” is meaningless if he can not help, defend and satisfy you like a man. Let him realize what a coward he has been by failing to recognize your love and effort to make him a proud father, which is the fruit of your labour in the ward, and how happy and ready you are to make him even more proud with more children.

    I think there’s no more waiting, you’ve got to act now. Take the lead, do more than you have already done. If he so cares, he wont let you go or lose your mind, but if he doesn’t then you’ll know for sure. You’ll then seek wise counsel to guide you in the best way forward.

    Love is not just being with somebody and leaving the rest, it’s more about a commitment that makes you do much more for the one you love.

  7. Peterkings2012

    April 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    What is clear: You did marry a man who
    had waited until marrying you to involve in sex. This has been
    manifested in his ability to practice celibacy for all those years
    you did mention: thats one of the benefits of the principal. Your
    husband has no problem whatsoever: He loves you and your daughter
    enough to deny himself pleasures of love making. As the common unwise
    lines goes goes “what dude could do that?”, he must be getting it
    elsewhere? My wise did undergo similar labor difficulties and vowed
    to me she will never want another child and she developed phobia for
    sex; we had to resort to use of protection. I am just wondering:
    what is the biggest issue for you: Wanting another child or having
    intimacy with your husband? You don’t have to go outside to get a
    baby: Your husband could donate the seeds. If it is the latter, you
    will have to work together to relearn your passions for each other,
    not in a confronting way, but in a loving manner that each
    participant works for the other and fully understands what is a
    stake: each others wellness and assurance. Please assure your husband
    there are no babes for now, just the pleasure of intimacy (which I am
    certain he misses more than you could imagine). And when both of you
    will be ready for more children: Tell him, Why not try delivery
    through Cesarian section. Importantly, all will be well: God will see
    you through as He did before.

  8. Mmahavest

    April 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Hey what the hell

  9. Psychologie

    April 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    From your post, I am assuming that your husband was in the delivery room during this traumatic experience.  Although modern women want their men by their side during delivery, not all men are built for this – most especially African men!

    From a Psychologist’s perspective, your husband probably suffers  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and needs to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.  Should you decide to leave him and be with someone else, this will only traumatize him further, leading to a break-up.  That would likely be the easy way out for him; but what about you and your lovely daughter.  Encourage him to have therapy and sort out the emotional and psychological impact the birth experience created.

  10. DanielKanyata

    April 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    He has post traumatic stress disorder and needs disensitisation. Talk to a psychiatrist

  11. be

    April 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    my understanding is that he promised himself or even committed himself in front of God not to ever have sex if you and your baby come out safe and kicking(which I totally understand) but that doesn’t mean he stopes loving, caring and stay committed to his family. i understand it is hard and not optional not to have sex in a marriage for this long at this age, in a normal situation.
    i believe what could be the possible solution for this, in my opinion, is either to convince him to get help from phsychatristes and/or have a serious talk with his spiritual leaders that (this actually should be the 1st thing you should try).

  12. Jona Than

    April 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Lady u are very special personally i’m not sure i can exceed 30days with her in the same bed as i and not have some fast action. on the other hand he has valid concerns, it may be a death of an aunt or something happened when he was young and it still gets to him, since you talked to his BFF maybe try the same and the BFF may hint tht u growing cobwebs in the hanky panky department, (We sometimes listen to our BFF’s thn our own mothers n wives). then he also says he is not ready, well people have different healing rates yours may be faster than his, so jus take him slow, jus be the chick he married, kiss him daily, should spark something, help him as best as you can, also explain your fears in black and white to him. but i must say you not just any chick, most would have left, you do take your vows seriously biggup

  13. richard

    April 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    despite the challenges never me you traumatise the guy more when you were giving birth,so don’t give up

  14. Jon

    May 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

    oops lets exchange spouses

  15. Kenn

    May 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    if he does;nt want to make a woman pregnant let him do vasectomy. Sex in marriage is not just for procreation.

  16. demarq

    May 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

    One thing stands out here, something that reaches deep in my inner being. This is something that makes every part of me want to curl up in anguish, it torments me like nothing else ever has…

    “preggers “

  17. Fkathambana

    May 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

     The word to underline here is “traumatized”. Trauma for men is especially difficult since most of us lack the ability that ladies take for granted, introspection. Men are traumatized and then stressed even more because they dont understand what is happening to them. Happily thre are specialists to deal with these kinds of traumas and I can garantee that within three session or less of therapy, he will be back and hopefully rearing to catch up on the last four years. If the problem is still persesisitng, email me for refferals,

  18. Paulin

    May 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    thank god you have a good marriage ,with no side shows 

  19. Elijahnyangwara

    May 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Get some family planning…convince that there is safe sex!

  20. Marie

    June 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    This story must be fake. However, if true, then you have been lied to by your husband and his friend (birds of same feathers…). Just get some of those drugs that increase man’s libido, add in his drink, wear provocatively, put on a pornographic movie, suck him dry or raise hell if he still refuses. Threats of putting issues in open may help as men guard their egos passionately.

  21. Little Hiti

    June 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

    4 years without sex is good grounds for divorce, including in most churches. That must one strange man, most men I know will be asking for ‘it’ almost immediately the wifey is out the hospital ….childbirth not withstanding. Guy is creepy. Did he even like sex in the first place are is he using it an an excuse ???

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