Madrid wrap up first league title in five years!

May 21, 2017

Real Madrid secured the La Liga title after a hard fought 2-0 victory over a spirited Malaga side

It took Cristiano Ronaldo just one minute and 39 seconds to have the last word on La Liga’s title race, making sure Real Madrid won their first league since 2012 without any final day nerves.

He scored inside two minutes as Zinedine Zidane’s team coasted to the trophy that has eluded them for the last five years. Ronaldo loves the last day of the season. He came into the game with a record of 11 goals in his last nine final matches of campaigns and it wasn’t long before he added to that record.

Isco threaded a pass through the gap left between Malaga’s two centre-backs and Ronaldo ran on to it, rounding Carlos Kameni before scoring his 15th league goal in his last 15 league games The attempt to time his physical peak for the most important part of the campaign has worked perfectly. It was also his 40th Real goal of the season.

Real's players stream out onto the pitch after the final whistle signalled their first league title triumph since 2012
Real’s players stream out onto the pitch after the final whistle signalled their first league title triumph since 2012

The players gather for a photo, before they turn their attentions to the Champions League final against Juventus next week

Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid ahead after just 90 seconds on a day where they needed only a point for the league title

Ronaldo rounded Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and slotted in for his 50th goal in 50 games for club and country this year

Karim Benzema made the title safe in the second half by tucking away a rebound from just six yards out following a corner

The celebrations continued in the Real Madrid changing room after the game - Karim Benzema showed off a picture


Malaga (4-2-3-1): Kameni; Torres, Hernandez, Villanueva, Ricca; Recio, Camacho; Keko (Castro 60), Fornals, Jony (Duda 72); Sandro Ramirez (Charles 69)

Unused subs: Demichelis, Juan Carlos, Santos, Boyko

Bookings: Kameni 56, Jony 57

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro (Kovacic 66), Kroos; Isco (James 66), Benzema (Morata 73), Ronaldo

Unused subs: Casilla, Nacho, Asensio, Vazquez

Goals: Ronaldo 2, Benzema 56

Madrid only needed a draw but they were never likely to settle for that. Ronaldo’s goal means they have scored in every game of the season for the first time in their 115 year history.

At the Nou Camp the goal news came through before some fans had taken their seats. Luis Enrique, taking charge of his last league game and his last match at the stadium, appeared to share a joke with his number two Carles Unzue. They were perhaps relieved at the early arrival of the killer news from Malaga – nothing worse than false hope on the final day.

Things got worse for Barcelona when Eibar took at shock lead through Takashi Inui and the Barcelona heads were down. One ‘Barca man’ who had not given up was Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez.

The former Barcelona forward, who will leave Malaga for Atletico Madrid or Everton for his 6m euros buy-out clause this summer, has 14 goals this season.

His free-kick on 21 minutes was heading into the top corner but Keylor Navas stretched out a right hand and pushed the ball away – another picture book save for his end of season collection. He knows his days are numbered with David de Gea on his way but he is making match-winning saves for the team in his final appearances.

Ronaldo was fed by an inch-perfect through ball by Isco - his first touch of the game rounded Kameni, the second scored

Ronaldo has had another brilliant year and it was right that his goal set Real on the way to another La Liga triumph

Ronaldo's finish settled early nerves for the fans, who knew they only needed to avoid defeat to keep Barcelona at bay

Benzema wheels away to celebrate his goal - Real's second - which sewed up their latest league triumph

Benzema's goal sparked mass celebrations for Real, involving virtually all their players and substitutes in jubilation

After the second goal Real comfortably saw the game out, and afterwards their players paraded around the pitch

Gareth Bale is still injured, but he too was on the pitch taking part in the La Liga title celebrations in Malaga

Malaga were not lying down and their commitment went too far at times. When Federico Ricca followed through studs-up on Cristiano Ronaldo’s right knee he was lucky not to be sent off.

The news was better for Real Madrid when Karim Benzema made it 2-0 on 55 minutes. He was offside when he turned the ball in after Kameni failed to properly clear a corner and it ricocheted to the Frenchman.

Kameni was booked for protesting as the referee gave the goal and the Madrid bench spilled onto the pitch to celebrate the second goal.

Just as in the first half, no sooner had Madrid scored than Eibar netted at the Camp Nou and again it was Inui. Barcelona now needed six goals to be scored to win the league. They needed Malaga to score three and they needed three themselves. They at least pulled one back when Neymar’s shot came back off the post and David Junca put through his own net.

Ronaldo continued to be a threat for Real throughout the first half, with only Kameni keeping him from scoring even more

Ronaldo takes another attempt on goal, but this time is blocked off by the gathered Malaga defenders

Kameni made a particularly notable double save midway through the first half to keep Malaga in touch with Real

They were then awarded a penalty after Jordi Alba was fouled but the outstanding Yoel Rodriguez saved Messi’s spot-kick. Luis Suarez finally converted one of his chances to make it 2-2 on 73 minutes and when Neymar dived in the area his victim Ander Cappa was shown a second yellow and sent off. Yoel got a hand to Messi’s spot-kick but this time the penalty was scored.

Nothing could sour the mood of the Madrid supporters in Malaga however, and with the home side’s most dangerous player Sandro taken off they really were home and dry.

There were oles from the Madrid supporters inside La Rosaleda. Back in Madrid people were already arriving at the Cibeles fountain in the capital where league titles are always celebrated. They have not had a domestic triumph to toast since the days of Jose Mourinho but in his first full season Zidane has delivered, and he has done so with Ronaldo looking fitter and more effective than ever.

Isco of Real Madrid and Keko of Malaga compete for the ball - the hosts did not lie down and make it easy for the visitors

Malaga defenders Federico Ricca (left) and Luis Hernandez block Toni Kross' pathway to the ball

Karim Benzema attempts to find a way to goal past defender Miguel Torres as Real failed to immediately extend their lead

Marcelo of Real Madrid and Pablo Fornals of Malaga in action on Sunday evening as Barcelona trailed Eibar at home

Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro vies for the ball with Malaga's defender Ignacio Camacho at La Rosaleda

Danilo is chased down by winger Jony as Malaga fought hard but were ultimately overwhelmed by Real Madrid

Ronaldo gets a hug from Zidane as Real look to continue their dominance of European football seen so far under their coach

Fans of Real and of Ronaldo gathered for the final league game of the season and they were very much not disappointed


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