Ronaldo & Benzema On Target For Real Madrid As Los Blancos Defeat Málaga To Clinch 33rd La Liga Title

La Liga

May 21st

Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain

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2′ Ronaldo

55′ Benzema

Real Madrid sealed a record 33rd La Liga title after they defeated Málaga 2-0 away at the Estadio La Rosaleda.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were enough for Zinedine Zidane’s men to win a first league title in five years as Zidane became the fifth former Real Madrid player to win the title as a manager of the club after Miguel Muñoz, Jorge Valdano, Vicente Del Bosque and Bernd Schuster.

The visitors started well and opened the scoring after just two minutes when former Málaga midfielder Isco sent Ronaldo through on-goal and the Portuguese forward rounded Carlos Kameni before firing home into the unguarded net.

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Cristiano Ronaldo slots home to put Real Madrid ahead. Image from: Getty

Ten minutes later the hosts went close when on-loan Barcelona forward Sandro cut-inside to fire an effort at-goal that Keylor Navas saved well at the near-post.

A minute later Madrid went close to doubling their lead when Marcelo found Benzema, who fired an effort that deflected just wide of the far-post.

In the 20th minute the hosts nearly levelled the scores when a freekick from Sandro, that looked to be heading for the top-corner was terrifically palmed away by Navas.

The Merengues should have doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Benzema sent a dangerous low delivery across the face of goal that just evaded Isco, but it fell to Ronaldo, whose effort was brilliantly smothered away by Kameni.

Four minutes later Málaga came close to a leveller when Sandro cut-inside to fire an effort that deflected inches wide off a teammate, following a corner.

Five minutes before the break the hosts went close again when Jony sent a dangerous delivery into the path of Keko, who headed the ball inches over the bar.

Three minutes into the second-half the hosts went close when Recio surged forward before firing an effort at-goal that Navas saved well.

In the 55th minute the visitors doubled their lead. After Kameni parried Sergio Ramos’ volley from a Toni Kroos corner, Benzema fired home the loose ball after a deflection off Varane.

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Karim Benzema celebrates with teammates after doubling Real Madrid’s lead. Image from: EPA

Three minutes later Málaga had a good chance when a Jony cross, following a corner, was met by Ignacio Camacho with a header that Navas did well to save.

In the 70th minute Real Madrid thought they had a third goal when substitute James Rodríguez’s teasing delivery found Benzema, who tapped home, but he was in an offside position and the strike was chalked-off.

Five minutes later the hosts went close when a Mikel Villanueva strike from-range was tipped over the bar by Navas, following a corner.

Two minutes later Málaga had a good chance when substitute Chory Castro’s teasing delivery was met by Camacho with a header that drifted inches over the bar.

Ten minutes later substitute Álvaro Morata went close to adding a third when his strike from-range was palmed away by Kameni. Moments later Luka Modrić went close when he forced Kameni into a good save at the near-post from a tight-angle.

In the 89th minute the hosts very nearly pulled a goal back when Castro received the ball on the edge of the area, he had just Navas to beat but the Costa-Rican made a fine save to smother the effort against the bar.

A minute later substitute Charles had another good chance for Málaga to reduce the deficit when he met a Castro cross with a header, but his effort just cleared the bar.

The result meant that Real Madrid were crowned Champions as they finished their La Liga campaign on 93 points, three points ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona. The title was Madrid’s 33rd and their first in five years, as well as Zidane’s first as a manager. Málaga finished their campaign in 11th on 46 points.

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Zinedine Zidane is hoisted by his players as the Merengues celebrate their 33rd La Liga title. Image from: Getty

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