A win for Real Madrid against Villarreal ensured that they won the La Liga for the second time in four seasons and their 34th in the club’s history.
Real Madrid sealed their 34th La Liga title on Thursday evening as they beat Villarreal 2-1 at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium. Barcelona losing at the same time meant that the Merengues could win the title with a seven point lead. However, any result would have been enough for them as long as it matched or bettered Barca’s.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring with a brilliant finish through Sergio Asenjo’s legs in the first half. Casemiro thwarted an attacking move by the visitors before teeing up Luka Modric. The Croatia international then found the scorer free with an easy pass in a move that ensured the Whites got one hand onto the trophy they so craved.
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After a rather dominant match, Sergio Ramos won a penalty for the hosts which was slotted past the Villarreal shot-stopper by Benzema, who now has 21 league goals in 2019/20. Soon, Vicente Iborra pulled a goal back for the Yellow Submarine with a sublime header in what turned out to be only a consolation.
Thibaut Courtois was called into action later on and made two crucial saves which ensured that the eventual champions got over the line. The Belgium international missed out on a clean sheet but is still on track to win the Zamora Trophy having gone 18 matches without conceding across 34 appearances this season.
Los Blancos now head to the Butarque to take on Leganes in their final league fixture of the season before travelling to Manchester City two weeks later, where they have a decisive second leg fixture in the Champions League round of 16. Here’s a look at the five talking points from the match which saw the capital-based side get coronated.