Malaga 0-2 Real Madrid: match report
Real Madrid sealed their first LaLiga title since Jose Mourinho’s term in charge of the club when they defeated Malaga in La Rosaleda on Sunday night. For all the talk of potential outcomes during the week, all of that talk was moot on 83 seconds when a failed clearance by Luis Hernandez landed to Isco and the little creative midfielder put Ronaldo through before he went by Kameni and slotted home to give his side the lead.
Real Madrid had been in control for most of the opening exchances before Malaga figured out that attacking their opponents right-hand side might bear fruits. Federico Ricca and Jony were causing problems for the visiting side and had a number of close calls with Navas bailing them out more often than not along with Ramos, who put in a dominant performance.
Sandro nearly drew Malaga level after they were awarded a free outside the box but his whipped, right-footed effort was saved, almost miraculously, by Keylor Navas at the near post before he crashed into the goalpost and needed attention to asses his rib injury. He was fine and Real Madrid would need him later on.
The second half was just ten minutes old when the trophy-carvers started to write Real Madrid’s name on title because Karim Benzema tapped home a saved Sergio Ramos header to double los Blancos’ lead. That was after some intense pressure by the home side in the opening of the half as they decided they would not go down without a fight at the break. Benzema pounced though and Michel’s difficult challenge became an almost impossible one.
Malaga continued to pile on the pressure but Real Madrid were starting to counter well and Casemiro was taken off to let Kovacic pick them off in another savvy move by Zidane. The most convincing team in the league all season were not for giving up any goals though and a late effort for Chory Castro was saved by Navas and deflected onto the post. They had efforts from Camacho and Charles too but the Costa Rican kept his second clean sheet in 29 games for the now LaLiga Champions.
Zinedine Zidane scoops the league title for Real Madrid for the 33rd time in the club’s history and has a Champions League final to look forward as his impressive spell as the manager of the club continues.