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Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title

  • Published at 02:33 am May 22nd, 2017
Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title
Real Madrid won their 33rd La Liga title and first for five years as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th goal of the season to help seal a 2-0 victory at Malaga on Sunday. Ronaldo got Madrid off to the perfect start after just two minutes before Karim Benzema's close-range finish sealed the title 10 minutes into the second half. Madrid beat out Barcelona at the top of the table by three points as the Catalan's come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Eibar in outgoing coach Luis Enrique's last home game in charge wasn't enough for a third straight title. Real needed just a point to be assured of the title and any lingering nerve was dispelled within seconds. Isco latched upon a poor clearance from Luis Hernandez and his sumptuous through ball freed Ronaldo to round Carlos Kameni and fire into an empty net. Madrid could have further built on a fast start as Benzema saw a goalbound effort deflected just wide. Malaga's attitude ahead of the game had been questioned after comments by their coach Michel that he would have preferred his former club had won the league before their visit to La Rosaleda to give them a guard of honour. However, the host showed why they had taken 13 points from their previous five games as the first half wore on. Keylor Navas produced a stunning save to prevent Sandro Ramirez from doing former employer Barca a favour with a superb free-kick. Sandro then saw another fierce effort deflect inches wide off Keko, who then had a great chance himself when he headed over unmarked from 10 yards out. However, Ronaldo should have had his second when Kameni got down low to his right to save from point-blank range. Benzema did make sure of the title early in the second half when he swept home the loose ball after Kameni had saved Sergio Ramos' first effort. [caption id="attachment_64735" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Barcelona's Luis Suarez scores against Eibar at Camp Nou REUTERS[/caption] In Barcelona, Enrique was given a warm send-off at the Camp Nou as he was greeted with a giant banner reading "One of us forever". And Barca at least salvaged some pride by fighting back from 2-0 down to avoid a first ever defeat against Eibar. Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui had the visitor dreaming as he hit a pair of sweetly struck half-volleys in off the underside of the crossbar either side of half-time. However, David Junca turned into his own net after Neymar had hit the post to start Barca's revival 25 minutes from time. Yoel Rodriguez produced an incredible save to deny Lionel Messi from the penalty spot moments later. Barca weren't to be denied a sixth straight win to end the season though as Luis Suarez bundled home from close range before Messi made amends with his second penalty 15 minutes from time. And Messi rounded off the scoring with his 53rd goal of the season in stoppage time. RESULTS Atletico 3 (Torres 8, 11, Correa 89) Bilbao 1 (Williams 70) Valencia 1 (Nani 54) Villarreal 3 (Soldado 1, Trigueros 58, Sansone 88) Celta 2 (Aspas 54-P, Hjulsager 90) Sociedad 2 (Oyarzabal 82, Juanmi 90+3) Barcelona 4 (Juncà 63-og, Suarez 73, Messi 75-P, 90+2) Eibar 2 (Inui 7, 61) Malaga 0 Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo 2, Benzema 55)   TOP SCORERS 37: Lionel Messi (Barca) 29: Luis Suárez (Barca) 25: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real) 19: Iago Aspas (Celta) 16: Aritz Aduriz (Bilbao) and Antoine Griezmann (Atletico)   POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts Real Madrid 38 29 6 3 65 93 (Champion) Barcelona 38 28 6 4 79 90 (Champions League) Atletico 38 23 9 6 43 78 (Champions League) Sevilla 38 21 9 8 20 72 (Champions League playoff) Villarreal 38 19 10 9 23 67 (Europa League) Sociedad 38 19 7 12 6 64 (Europa League) Bilbao 38 19 6 13 10 63 Espanyol 38 15 11 12 -1 56 Alaves 38 14 13 11 -2 55 Eibar 38 15 9 14 5 54 Malaga 38 12 10 16 -6 46 Valencia 38 13 7 18 -9 46 Celta 38 13 6 19 -16 45 Las Palmas 38 10 9 19 -21 39 Betis 38 10 9 19 -23 39 Deportivo 38 8 12 18 -18 36 Leganes 38 8 11 19 -19 35 Gijon 38 7 10 21 -30 31 (Relegated) Osasuna 38 4 10 24 -54 22 (Relegated) Granada 38 4 8 26 -52 20 (Relegated)
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