Real Madrid-RCD Espanyol: headlines & match report
– real Madrid win their 35th league title
– Asensio makes 3 just before the hour mark and Benzema hits the fourth in min. 81
– Rodrygo gives Madrid the lead in the 33rd minute and doubles the lead at 43′
– Ancelotti rotates his squad with Wednesday’s Champions League the return semi-final is looming
Real Madrid-Espanyol (match report)
Real Madrid won a record 35th La Liga title after two first-half Rodrygo goals took them to a 4-0 home win against Espanyol in mid-table on Saturday.
The victory also made their Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti is the first manager to win titles in each of Europe’s top five leagues – England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.
Rodrygo’s double put Real 2-0 at the break before Marco Asensio added a third after 55 minutes and La Liga top scorer Karim Benzema sealed the points in the 81st.
Captain Benzema lifted the trophy after coming off the bench at the end of the second half as Ancelotti rested several regular starters with Real hosting Manchester City in their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, trailing 4-3 .
Real have 81 points with four games to go. They are 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla and 18 clear of Barcelona, who are one game behind, and needed a point against Espanyol to clinch the title almost a month into the season.
It was a record day for defender Marcelowho won his 24th piece of silverware with Real to overtake Gento as the player with the most trophies won in the club’s 120-year history.