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Real Madrid secures title, Girona secures berth in the Champions League

Real Madrid confirmed themselves as La Liga champions with four games to play after winning 3-0 at home against Cadiz, while FC Barcelona lost 4-2 to Girona.

Madrid: Real Madrid confirmed themselves as La Liga champions with four games to play after winning 3-0 at home against Cadiz, while FC Barcelona lost 4-2 to Girona.

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Cadiz had the better of a boring first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, but everything changed after the break.

Thibaut Courtois kept the score at 0-0 after denying Chris Ramos as the Cadiz forward scored clear on target early in the second half, and almost immediately afterwards Brahim Diaz put Madrid ahead. The attacking midfielder looked well defined, but found space to control Luka Modric’s pass and score into the bottom corner, Xinhua reports.

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Diaz turned provider to set up Jude Bellingham for Real Madrid’s second in the 68th minute, and Joselu added a third with a tap-in in stoppage time.

That result forced FC Barcelona to move into third place Girona to postpone Madrid’s title celebrations, but Girona won 4-2 with a stunning second-half performance.

Barcelona got off to a perfect start when Andres Christensen put them ahead from outside the box in the third minute, but Girona immediately equalized when Ivan Martin headed home his 20th goal of the season for Artem Dovbyk.

Xavi Hernandez’s side regained the lead in first-half stoppage time after the VAR referee checked whether Lamine Yamal had been caught inside or outside Girona’s penalty area. The foul was on the line and Robert Lewandowski made no mistake from the spot.

Portu came on as a substitute in the second half and had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he equalized in the 65th minute following a Sergi Roberto error.

Miguel Gutierrez’s deflected shot two minutes later put Girona ahead and Portu then scored another stunning volley in the 75th minute to give his side a win that moved them into second place and assured them a place in next’s Champions League season.

Rodrigo Riquelme’s fourth-minute goal gave Atletico Madrid a crucial win over Mallorca, maintaining their six-point lead over fourth place and leaving Mallorca with work to do to ensure their survival at the top level.

In other matches, Real Sociedad assured they will remain in sixth place with a 2-0 win at home to Las Palmas, who have now lost their last seven games.

Alex Suarez put Real Sociedad ahead in the 34th minute when he turned Sheraldo Becker’s cross into his own net and Becker doubled the lead with a 45th-minute thunderbolt that went in off the woodwork.

On Friday evening, fifth-place Athletic Club Bilbao held out with ten men for the last half hour and with just nine men for 20 minutes to beat Getafe 2-0.

Two goals from Inaki Williams had set them on course for what looked like a comfortable win, but red cards for centre-backs Yeray Alvarez and Aitor Paredes left them defending deep as Getafe looked level.

Unai Simon made several important saves, including a penalty from Mason Greenwood, which kept them in fifth place.



Pub Date: May 5, 2024 12:34 IST



Updated Date: May 5, 2024 12:38 IST