Real Madrid has finally won the LaLiga title for the first time since 2017, after a highly competitive period with its rival Barcelona.
The Spanish giant which is coached by Zinedine Zidane’s went into Thursday’s game against Villarreal knowing a victory would be enough to secure just the club’s third domestic league title this decade and the first since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
It took a brace from Karim Benzema to ensure that the Madrid side finally won the title this season after a 2-1 victory against Villarreal.
With Benzema chasing Lionel Messi for the top scorer award, Ramos allowed his teammate to take the second penalty, which he drilled low to Asenjo’s right.
There were some nervy moments in the closing stages after Vicente Iborra pulled a goal back for Villarreal, but Real Madrid held on for the win — thanks to some heroics from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — despite a late onslaught from the “Yellow Submarine” as the Villarreal team is popularly called.
Elsewhere, Barcelona knew it needed to win to have any hope of forcing the title race to the final day of the season. However, a shock defeat at home to 10-man Osasuna for Messi and Co. was the icing on an already delicious cake for Real Madrid.
It was certainly a strange setting for Real to be celebrating a record-extending 34th league title. Normally accustomed to playing in front of an 81,000 capacity Santiago Bernabeu, the team has been playing all of its matches since the enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic at the club’s training center, due to its usual home currently undergoing renovations.
In his reaction after the game, Zidane said, “Today is one of the best days for me as a professional and after everything that happened, the three-month break, it’s fantastic what’s been achieved.
“It’s strange for everyone, we can’t control the situation. We would have loved to be with the supporters, hopefully that can happen further down the line but for a question of health it can’t.”