Real Madrid are the champions of Spain. A 2-1 victory against Villareal gave them their 34th La Liga title overall. Coming into the match, Madrid knew that a victory or a result equal to Barca’s result would hand them the title. The team from the capital sealed it in the perfect way possible.
A double from top scorer Benz saw them lift the trophy in their own backyard. It was a typical Madrid showing, similar to what they have been doing after the lockdown. Resolute defence, breakthrough goals, nervy moments and of course controversies.
The match started on an even note with Villareal showing resilience to keep Madrid at bay. Although Madrid were comfortable with their passing and switching of flanks, the final ball was lacking. The home side finally got their breakthrough after a mix of excellent pressing by Madrid and Villareal’s poor passing.
A poor pass by Villareal’s defence was intercepted by Casemiro who teed up Modric who in turn set it up for Benzema for his 20th goal of the season. The goal keeps Benzema in a fight for the Pichichi award as he is behind Messi by 2 goals. Madrid were looking comfortable with a 1-0 lead as Villareal struggled to impose their game.
The Whites started the second half with caution however they did not look like conceding one. Real Madrid defence this season has looked difficult to breakthrough this season which has been one of the main reasons why they won the title.
Dani Carvajal continued to be an attacking threat down the right flank as he came close to adding another for Madrid.
There was a moment to worry for the Madridistas in the 70th minute as Courtois received a blow on his forehead as he collided with Quintilla’s knee.
Moments later, Sergio Ramos surged forward and won Madrid yet another penalty as they looked to double the lead.Ramos stepped up to take the penalty but instead laid it off to Benzema, who scored in a cheeky attempt. However, the penalty was to be retaken as Benzema was too early in entering the penalty area. The Frenchman stepped up this time and slotted it past Asenjo for his 21st of the season.
Kroos came close to adding a third as his effort came of the bar minutes after the penalty. Vicente Iborra got one back for the Yellow Submarines to set up a nervy finale to the match. Madrid were pegged back by the goal as Villareal strengthened their hold over the game with some good chances.
Villareal came close to spoiling Madrid’s party in the injury time but Iborra, the goalscorer missed from a yard away from goal. Gaspar’s in-swinging delivery went to Bruno as he saw his initial effort saved by Courtois. Minutes later Madrid made it 3-1 through Asensio. However, VAR disallowed the goal.
Real Madrid did not seem to care much as the celebrated their 34th title after the final whistle by Hernandez Hernandez.
There was joy all around the Madrid camp as their 2 year wait for the title came to an end. Zinedine Zidane brilliantly led this side to the title win. Madrid’s defence has been the meanest in the top 5 leagues, perhaps one of the major reasons for the title.
Barcelona’s loss adding to Madrid’s win meant Madrid were 7 points clear of Barcelona before the kick-off for matchday 38.
Madrid are away to Leganes as they look to end their La Liga campaign on a strong note. Villareal on the other hand, need only a point in their last game to secure Europa League qualification. They are currently in 5th on 57, as they prepare to host Eibar on the penultimate day come 20th July.
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