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Valencia's David Villa and a downpour in Seville put a damper on Barcelona’s championship celebrations.Villa notched up a hat-trick in ...

Valencia’s David Villa and a downpour in Seville put a damper on Barcelona’s championship celebrations.

Villa notched up a hat-trick in the final nine minutes of Valencia’s 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao to avoid dropping points and giving Barca the chance to clinch their second sccessive title with a win at Sevilla later yesterday.

However, a torrential downpour just before the start of Barca’s game lead to a flooding at Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizchuan Stadium and the match was eventually postponed after three pitch inspections.

Villa and Miguel Angel Angulo both had good chances to put Valencia in front early in the game before Athletic’s Ismael Urzaiz hit the post a minute before the break.

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However, Villa finally broke the deadlock from close range after 81 minutes and Athletic’s defence seemed to crumble as a result.

The Spanish international, who could be one of Spain’s starting strikers at the World Cup, then found the net twice more in the following five minutes to take his tally for the season to 22 goals.

“I’ve never scored three goals in such a short space of time,” said Villa.

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“It’s always my aim to help out the team when things don’t seem to be going so well,” he added, admitting that Valencia had gone through their bad patches against the Basques.

First published on: 25-04-2006 at 12:40:54 am
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