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Real Madrid secure 35th Spanish La Liga title


Real Madrid won their 35th La Liga title with four games to go on Saturday, thanks to a 4-0 home triumph over Espanyol, which was fueled by two goals from Rodrygo.

With only one point needed to win the title, Madrid scored twice in the first half through the Brazilian, followed by goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu.

With four games remaining, Madrid has a 17-point lead over second-placed Sevilla. Barcelona has a game in hand but is 18 points behind the leaders.

Madrid winning a league they had dominated for months was unsurprising given their position at the top since November, but dips in form from Barcelona and Sevilla provided the opportunity for an earlier coronation than predicted.

Madrid can now focus entirely on the second leg of their semi-final against Manchester City, which takes place at home on Wednesday. They must overcome a 4-3 setback in the first leg last week to advance to another European final.

For the visit of Espanyol, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rested Benzema and Vinicius Junior from the start, and Rodrygo took advantage with two goals late in the first half.

On 33 minutes, he teamed with compatriot Marcelo to put Madrid ahead, steering into the far corner for only his second league goal of the season.

Mariano Diaz, who was given a rare start in attack, won the ball back deep in Espanyol territory, and Rodrygo rolled in a second with a perfect finish past Diego Lopez.

On 55 minutes, Eduardo Camavinga put in Asensio, who slammed home a third for Madrid on the counter, with Toni Kroos replacing Luka Modric and Benzema replacing Casemiro on the hour.

Benzema scored his 42nd goal in as many games this season in all competitions to help Madrid to a rout, and Ancelotti became the first coach in European history to win all five major league titles.

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