Real Madrid win record 35th La Liga title | Soccer News

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MADRID: Real Madrid clinched a 35th La Liga title on Saturday with four games to go after a 4-0 home win over Espanyol fueled by two Rodrygo goals.
Needing just one point to clinch the trophy, Madrid netted the Brazilian twice in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu before goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema.
Madrid took a 17-point lead over second-placed Sevilla with four games remaining. Barcelona are one game behind but are 18 points behind.

Given they’ve been top since November, it was no surprise that Madrid won a league they’ve dominated for months, but Barcelona and Sevilla’s dips in form have offered the chance to win. a coronation earlier than expected.
With La Liga over, Madrid can now turn their full attention to the second leg of their semi-final at home to Manchester City on Wednesday, when they will need to overturn a 4-3 loss in the opener last week to move on to a another European final.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti rested Benzema and Vinicius Junior from the start for Espanyol’s visit, and Rodrygo seized his chance with two goals late in the first half.

He combined with compatriot Marcelo to put Madrid ahead in the 33rd minute as he headed to the far corner for only his second league goal this campaign.
Mariano Diaz, gave a rare start in attack then collected the ball deep in Espanyol territory and Rodrygo rolled in a second with a clinical finish past goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
Eduardo Camavinga played on Asensio to smack a third for Madrid on the counter in the 55th minute, with Luka Modric then making way for Toni Kroos and Benzema replacing Casemiro on the hour mark.
Benzema scored his 42nd goal in as many games this season in all competitions to seal a searing triumph for Madrid, as Ancelotti became the first manager to win all five major European league titles.



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