Real Madrid defeated Granada 2-1 on Monday to maneuver inside two points of winning the Spanish league. Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema scored first-half targets to present Madrid its ninth straight win and keep Zinedine Zidane’s team 4 points ahead of second-placed Barcelona with two rounds to go. The Catalan club won at Valladolid on Saturday. Madrid, which has won each match for the reason that league resumed after the pandemic break, can clinch its first title since 2017 on Thursday with a win at Villarreal, or if Barcelona loses points when it hosts Osasuna. Two attracts in the final two rounds may even be sufficient to safe Madrid a record 34th league trophy.
Madrid was in management early in Granada and Mendy’s first purpose since becoming a member of the Spanish club this season came from a fantastic angled shot into the highest nook after getting past a defender inside the realm in the 10th minute.
Benzema added to the lead six minutes later by scoring his 19th league purpose with a right-footed strike into the far nook.
Granada, which was 10th in the standings, got on the board with a purpose by Darwin Machís in the 50th and pressured to the end.
The hosts came closest to the equalizer with about 5 minutes left, when Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois needed to make a troublesome save and defender Sergio Ramos cleared a shot on the purpose line.
Sevilla secured the final Champions League spot after Villarreal lost to Real Sociedad 2-1.
The loss left Villarreal 9 points behind fourth-placed Sevilla with two rounds to go. Sevilla beat Mallorca 2-Zero on Sunday for its fourth straight win.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid have the opposite berths in the Champions League.
Sevilla last featured in the Champions League in 2018 when it was eradicated by Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. It played in the Europa League in 2018-19 and this season, where it’s going to face Roma in the spherical of 16.
Villarreal wanted a win to maintain alive its hopes of constructing it to the Champions League. It has won six of its 9 matches following the pandemic break, however the residence setback against Sociedad ended its possibilities of qualifying. It stays in good place to seize a Europa League spot, although, because it saved fifth place.
Sociedad also stayed in rivalry for the Europa League with its third win for the reason that break, transferring to seventh place. Willian José scored in the 61st minute and Diego Llorente in the 75th, whereas the hosts pulled nearer by means of Santi Cazorla in the 85th.
Getafe stayed in sixth place after drawing at relegation-threatened Alavés 0-0.
A late purpose disallowed by video evaluation saved Getafe from incomes its second win for the reason that league resumed after the pandemic stoppage.
Alavés has also won just once for the reason that break and is winless in seven straight league matches. It is 4 points above the relegation zone.
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