Barcelona, 14 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top with a 2-1 win at Granada on Monday, and now need just two points from their last two games to win La Liga.
Ferland Mendy scored the first on 10 minutes, receiving Casemiro’s pass midway inside the Granada half and thundering a shot into the roof of Rui Silva’s net.
Karim Benzema doubled the advantage six minutes later with his 19th league goal of the season and it seemed a comfortable ninth straight win was set-up nicely.
Granada did not go down without a fight, however. Thibaut Courtois saved well from Domingos Duarte in the first half.
And five minutes into the second half the Belgian was beaten for the first time in 506 minutes of football as Darwin Machis made it 2-1.
Madrid were hanging on at the end and Courtois got down well to his right to save from Carlos Fernandez before Ramos cleared the rebound off the line
Granada keeper Rui Silva went up for an injury-time corner but Madrid held on. The title race looks far less nervy.
They need just two points from the last two games to be confirmed as Champions and will win the league Thursday night if they beat Villarreal at home.
Captain Sergio Ramos said: “We cannot relax. We have to maintain the same level of desire and focus on the next match against Villarreal.
“We fell into the trap in the second half of dropping our guard. We won the first half and they won the second but we can learn from that.
“The league rewards consistency and that is what we have shown. The aim was to win the league and let’s hope we can be celebrating it come Friday.
Earlier Real Sociedad picked up only their second win since the restarted season to move back into the Europa League places.
The 2-1 victory at Villarreal takes them up to seventh above neighbours Athletic Bilbao.
Villarreal remain fifth but can no longer catch fourth-placed Sevilla so Sevilla’s Champions League place next season is confirmed.
Real Sociedad took the lead when Willian Jose headed in Martin Odegaard’s corner on 61 minutes.
Diego Llorente headed in Mikel Oyarzabal’s corner on 75 minutes to make it 2-0.
Santi Cazorla scored four minutes from time but Real Sociedad held on.
In the other early kick-off Getafe could only draw 0-0 with Alaves but stay sixth.