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Real Madrid Beat Villarreal to Win 34th La Liga Title

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Karim Benzema’s double fired Real Madrid to their 34th La Liga title in a tight 2-1 victory over Villarreal.

The Frenchman’s powerful low strike in the 29th minute put the hosts in control and Benzema extended Real’s lead by firing in a retaken penalty in the 76th minute at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

Real Madrid started the contest without nerves with Dani Carvajal’s audacious lob, caught by Sergio Asenjo, and a Benzema cross-cum-shot proving early warning shots.

The hosts’ opener came in just before the half-hour mark as Luka Modric teed up Benzema on the counter-attack before he fired through Asenjo’s legs into the net for the Frenchman’s 20th goal of the campaign.

With Villarreal rarely threatening the Real goal, the hosts had the opportunity to extend their lead from the spot in the 72nd minute when Ramos was tripped up by Sofian.

Zinedine Zidane the Madrid coach said: “Today is one of the best days for me as a professional and after everything that happened with the three-month break it’s fantastic what we’ve achieved.

“It’s strange for everyone. We can’t control the situation. We would have loved to have been with the supporters and gone to the Cibeles Fountain and hopefully that can happen further down the line, but for the question of health it can’t happen.

“I’m sure the Real Madrid supporters are celebrating happily at home seeing their team win the league again.”

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