Real Madrid on brink of Spanish title

Madrid, July 14

After its ninth straight win following the pandemic break, Real Madrid is on the verge of reclaiming the Spanish league title.

Madrid defeated Granada 2-1 on Monday to maneuver inside two factors of successful the trophy.

Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema scored first-half objectives to maintain Madrid 4 factors forward of second-placed Barcelona with two rounds to go.

Madrid can clinch its first title since 2017 on Thursday with a win at Villarreal, or if Barcelona loses factors when it hosts Osasuna. Two attracts within the remaining two rounds can even be sufficient to safe Madrid a document 34th league trophy.

“We are a step closer but we can’t relax, we haven’t won anything yet,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos stated.

“There are still points to be won. We depend on ourselves and we have a game at home coming up, hopefully we can win it and celebrate the league title.”   Madrid was in management early in Granada and Mendy’s first purpose since becoming a member of the Spanish membership this season got here from a wonderful angled shot into the highest nook after getting previous a defender inside the realm within the 10th minute.

Benzema added to the lead six minutes later by scoring his 19th league purpose with a right-footed strike into the far nook.

Granada, which was 10th within the standings, bought on the board with a purpose by Darwin Machís within the 50th and pressured to the top.

The hosts got here closest to the equaliser with about 5 minutes left, when Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois needed to make a troublesome save and Ramos cleared a shot on the purpose line.

Madrid had not conceded a purpose in its final 5 league matches.

Fourth-place Sevilla

Sevilla secured the ultimate Champions League spot after Villarreal misplaced to Real Sociedad 2-1.

The loss left Villarreal 9 factors behind fourth-placed Sevilla with two rounds to go. Sevilla beat Mallorca 2-Zero on Sunday for its fourth straight win.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid have the opposite berths within the Champions League.

Sevilla final featured within the Champions League in 2018 when it was eradicated by Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals. It performed within the Europa League in 2018-19 and this season, the place it can face Roma within the spherical of 16.

Villarreal wanted a win to maintain alive its hopes of creating it to the Champions League. It has gained six of its 9 matches following the pandemic break, however the dwelling setback in opposition to Sociedad ended its possibilities of qualifying. It stays in good place to seize a Europa League spot, although, because it saved fifth place.

Sociedad additionally stayed in rivalry for the Europa League with its third win for the reason that break, transferring to seventh place. Willian José scored within the 61st minute and Diego Llorente within the 75th, whereas the hosts pulled nearer by Santi Cazorla within the 85th.

Getafe stalls

Getafe stayed in sixth place after drawing at relegation-threatened Alavés 0-0.

A late purpose disallowed by video evaluate saved Getafe from incomes its second win for the reason that league resumed after the pandemic stoppage.

Alavés has additionally gained solely as soon as for the reason that break and is winless in seven straight league matches. It is 4 factors above the relegation zone. (AP)


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