Real Madrid win La Liga with 2-1 victory over Villarreal to secure 34th title

Real Madrid win La Liga with 2-1 victory over Villarreal to secure 34th title

Real Madrid have been confirmed as Spanish champions for a record 34th time after a 2-1 win against Villarreal on Thursday evening.

Karim Benzema scored both goals, firing Real in front before the break before adding a second-half penalty, to wrestle La Liga back from Barcelona after two years.

Vicente Iborra pulled one back for the Yellow Submarine and Marco Asensio had a strike ruled out for handball deep into stoppage time.

It was their 10th successive victory at home to Villarreal as Zinedine Zidane guided the post-Galacticos generation to his second league title as manager in his third spell at the club, having come back to a struggling team following their Champions League exit against Ajax last March.

With only one round of matches left to play, Los Blancos went seven points clear at the top of the table ahead of Barca, whose form and finances have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Quique Setien’s side were beaten 2-1 by Osasuna at the Nou Camp, despite Lionel Messi’s second-half strike.

While they have put together an enviable streak since the restart – winning all 10 league games and scoring 19 goals while keeping six clean sheets, conceding just four – Real had gone into the unplanned break in the campaign two points behind Barcelona.

The title was won without any fans present at the 6,000-seater Alfredo di Stefano stadium inside the club’s training complex, where they have been playing their behind closed doors home games in order to speed up the renovation work at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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