Real Madrid one win from crown after edgy win

Grenada, July 14

Real Madrid want one victory to safe the La Liga crown after they held off a second-half comeback from Granada to win 2-1 and transfer 4 factors away from Barcelona on Monday evening. With two video games left, Real Madrid will likely be topped champions in the event that they beat Villarreal at dwelling on Thursday no matter how Barca fare on the Camp Nou in opposition to Osasuna.

But they had been made to sweat by a Granada, who’ve been arguably the division’s shock of the season after being promoted from second tier final yr.

Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema regarded to have set Real Madrid on target for a snug win however Granada had been remodeled after the break and Darwin Machis’s 50th-minute strike gave them hope. The more and more nervous Madrid had been clinging on by the tip and wanted Sergio Ramos to clear one shot off the road as Zinedine Zidane’s facet dug in for a ninth consecutive victory.

United keep fifth after draw

Manchester: Manchester United’s Champions League qualification hopes suffered a blow after an equaliser deep in stoppage time from Michael Obafemi earned Southampton a 2-2 draw within the Premier League at Old Trafford on Monday.

United, unbeaten in 18 video games in all competitions, had been poised to maneuver as much as third after Anthony Martial’s 23rd-minute strike had put them 2-1 forward. They had fallen behind to an early Stuart Armstrong objective earlier than Marcus Rashford equalised.

But on the day that second-placed Manchester City’s two-year ban from European soccer was overturned on enchantment, which means solely the highest 4 will qualify for the Champions League as common, United’s late lapse left them fifth on 59 factors. Leicester City are fourth, forward of United on objective distinction, with Chelsea third on 60 factors. — Agencies

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