This is Madrid’s first league title since the 2016-17 season, and the second under the stewardship of manager Zidane. Just like in 2017, Real have managed to stop bitter rivals FC Barcelona from completing a hat-trick of titles.
Updated: Jul 17, 2020 03:14 IST
Real Madridsealed the La Liga title on Friday, with a game left in the season, after beating Villareal 2-1 at home. Karim Benzema gave Los Blancos the lead in the first half and then doubled the tally from the penalty spot. Villareal hit back with a late goal and came very close to equalising in the second half with a flurry of chances late on but Madrid goal-keeper Thibaut Courtois showed great presence under the bar to keep Los Blancos in front. Marco Asensio had a goal disallowed in stoppage time butZinedine Zidane’s team held on to seal a win that gave them an unassailable lead at the top of the table over arch rivals FC Barcelona.
The Catalan club lost at home against a 10-man Osasuna side, who scored in second half injury time to secure a famous 2-1 win. Lionel Messi equalised in the second half after an early goal by Jose Arnaiz, but Roberto Torres scored a late winner to sink Barcelona’s title hopes.
This is Madrid’s first league title since the 2016-1