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Sport Real Madrid on brink of La Liga title; record ninth-straight win

04:31  14 july  2020
04:31  14 july  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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REAL MADRID EXTENDED their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a 2-0 home win against Alaves. Karim Benzema converted an early penalty and later provided the Real , who registered their eighth straight league victory, need two more wins to secure their third La Liga crown in nine years.

Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde are posing for a picture © Getty Images

MADRID (AP) Real Madrid is on the verge of reclaiming the Spanish league title, after its ninth straight win following the pandemic break.

Madrid defeated Granada 2-1 on Monday to move within two points of winning the La Liga title.

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Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema scored first-half goals to keep Madrid four points ahead 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 points when it hosts Osasuna. Two draws in the final two rounds will also be enough to secure Madrid a record 34th league trophy.

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  Madrid moves closer to Spanish title with 7th straight win MADRID (AP) Sergio Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 on Sunday to move closer to its first Spanish league title in three years. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty kick to give Madrid its seventh straight league victory and open a seven-point lead over second-place Barcelona, which visits fifth-place Villarreal later Sunday.“These three points are very important, we knew this was going to be one of the difficult matches we had left,” Ramos said. “This was a key victory to try to put some pressure on Barcelona. We only depend on ourselves.

Real Madrid could win La Liga on Monday after a comfortable 2-0 If Barca fail to win away at Real Valladolid on Saturday, Madrid will clinch the title with two games to Yet even if Madrid have to wait, it seems inevitable they will lift the trophy as they also boast a superior head-to-head record against

Nine teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 33 times and FC Barcelona 26 times. Real Madrid and Barcelona dominated the championship in the 1950s, winning four La Liga titles each throughout the decade.

“We are a step closer but we can’t relax, we haven’t won anything yet,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said. “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 control early in Granada and Mendy’s first goal since joining the Spanish club this season came from a beautiful angled shot into the top corner after getting past a defender inside the area in the 10th minute.

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

Granada, which was 10th in the standings, got on the board with a goal by Darwin Machis in the 50th and pressured to the end.

The hosts came closest to the equalizer with about five minutes left, when Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to make a difficult save and Ramos cleared a shot at the goal line.

Madrid had not conceded a goal in its last five league matches.

Sevilla secured the final Champions League spot after Villarreal lost to Real Sociedad 2-1.

The loss left Villarreal nine points behind fourth-placed Sevilla with two rounds to go. Sevilla beat Mallorca 2-0 on Sunday for its fourth straight win.

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 Varane (Real Madrid): Raphael Varane, defender of Real, took offense at remarks emanating from outside and which suggest that his club has an influence on refereeing. © Supplied by Football 365 Raphaël Varane (27, Real Madrid) Friday evening, Real Madrid continued their winning streak in the Spanish championship. At home, the Merengues took over from Deportivo Alaves (2-0) . A convincing success that took shape in the 11th minute with a penalty transformed by Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid clinched the La Liga title for the first time since 2008 after their 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed their 32nd league crown. Despite Barcelona's 4-1 win over Malaga, Jose Mourinho's men hold a

Real Madrid maintain winning run against Alavés and close in on title . All Barcelona can do is win their last three games and hope Real fail to win two of theirs. Stranger things have happened in La Liga title races, as Barcelona know from the Johan Cruyff era.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have the other berths in the Champions League.

Sevilla last featured in the Champions League in 2018 when it was eliminated by Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. It played in the Europa League in 2018-19 and this season, where it will face Roma in the round of 16.

Villarreal needed a win to keep alive its hopes of making it to the Champions League. It has won six of its nine matches following the pandemic break, but the home setback against Sociedad ended its chances of qualifying. It remains in good position to grab a Europa League spot, though, as it kept fifth place.

Sociedad also stayed in contention for the Europa League with its third win since the break, moving to seventh place. Willian Jose scored in the 61st minute and Diego Llorente in the 75th, while the hosts pulled closer through Santi Cazorla in the 85th.

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

A late goal disallowed by video review kept Getafe from earning its second win since the league resumed after the pandemic stoppage.

Alaves has also won only once since the break and is winless in seven straight league matches. It is four points above the relegation zone.

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Madrid and Barcelona savor break ahead of Champions League .
MADRID (AP) — With the Spanish league over, Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to recharge and regroup as they turn their focus to the Champions League. The teams responded differently following the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with Madrid thriving and winning the title and Barcelona struggling and finishing second. Now they have some more time off to get ready for the final stretch of the season. Both will restart theirThe teams responded differently following the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with Madrid thriving and winning the title and Barcelona struggling and finishing second. Now they have some more time off to get ready for the final stretch of the season.

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