Hala Madrid: Real Clinch 33rd La Liga Title After Beating Malaga
Real Madrid clinched their 33rd La Liga title, and their first since the 2011-12 season, following their 2-0 win over Malaga in Sunday night’s decisive fixture at La Rosaleda.
Los Blancos knew that a point would be enough to take the title away from Barcelona, but a defeat would open the door for the Catalan giants to retain the title at the final moment.
Barcelona spectacularly came from two goals behind to beat Eibar 4-2 on home soil, Real Madrid’s two-goal victory ultimately saw them finish three points clear at the top of La Liga.
There was no place in the Real Madrid squad for Gareth Bale, meaning that Isco continued in the final third alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, while Danilo started at right-back due to the continued absence of Dani Carvajal, who is expected to be fit for the Champions League final early next month.
As for Malaga, 14-goal top scorer Sandro Ramirez led the line, while Ignacio Camacho was back from suspension to start in central midfield for the in-form hosts.
It took Real Madrid less than two minutes to make the breakthrough at La Rosaleda, with Ronaldo racing onto an excellent through pass from Isco before rounding Carlos Kameni and finding the back of the net.
Zidane’s attention will now switch to the Champions League final against Italian champions Juventus on June 3, with Real Madrid bidding to become the first team in the modern era to successfully defend the trophy.