Real Madrid took a massive step towards claiming their 34th La Liga title after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Granada.
Los Blancos were completely dominant in the first 45 minutes of the match – scoring both of their goals in the opening 45. However, the home side were totally a different side in the second half after they scored a goal in the second half.
Ferland Mendy opened the scoring in the 10th minute of the first half. The French dribbled through the edge of the box, bursts between two defenders and thumps a ferocious shot from a very tight position into the roof of the net setting Madrid on a terrific start.
Later, seven minutes in from the first goal, Karim Benzema – who has been an outstanding form as he scored 19 goals and 8 assists this season – extended the lead to 2-1. Blancos on a counter-attack through Karim Benzema, who cut to his right in the hosts’ penalty area and curled a perfect strike past Rui Silva.
Madrid were utterly dominant in the first 45. Granada looked shell-shocked after conceding two early goals in such a short space of time.
Diego Martínez’s Granada came out strong in the second half. The home side cut the lead in half after Darwin Machis scored for The Nazaríes just five minutes into the second half.
Yangel Herrera dispossessed Casemiro in the midfield, finding the fellow Venezuelan Machis who drills a low effort through Courtois legs to make it 2-1.
Madrid seemed a little off their game in the second half despite the introduction of fresh legs – Asensio and Rodrygo.
Courtois was kept busy in the second half. Granada came close of scoring a couple of times in the game but were denied by the brilliance of Courtois making up to his earlier slip between the sticks.
Zidane’s Madrid 2-1 victory over Granada restores Los Blancos four-point lead over Barcelona and just two points away in winning their 34th La Liga title.
Real Madrid will take on Villareal and later Leganes in their last game of this year’s La Liga. While Granada will play Mallorca and Athletic Club.
Real Madrid are looking forward to have their hands on first league silverware since 2017 and later bidding themselves for the UEFA Champions League as they play against Manchester City in the second leg of Round of 16 next month.