Real Madrid maintained a dominating performance against Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to lift the record-extending 35th La Liga title on Saturday. Rodrygo starred in a high-stake game as he scored twice in the span of ten minutes to steer Los Blancos into a position of comfort. Earlier, Carlo Ancelotti posted to rest a few key players eying semi-final clash against Manchester City in three days’ time in the Champions League.
Despite the wholesale changes, the La Liga giants still boasted enough experience in their line-up, with all of Luka Modric, Thibaut Courtois and Marcelo starting. The opening goal came in the 33rd minute when Rodrygo produced a neat exchange with Marcelo before slotting the ball into the far corner. Espanyol was handed another blow in the 43rd minute after Mariano Diaz pressed to win the ball back. Post receiving the ball from Diaz, Rodrygo wrong-footed Espanyol custodian Diego Lopez with a brilliant finish. The hosts continued their dominating performance in the second half as they extended their advantage in the 55th minute.
Asensio tucked the ball away into the back of the net after receiving an excellent pass from Eduardo Camavinga following a quick counter-attack. Isco also found the back of the net, but Rodrygo, who was in an offside position, was adjudged to have interfered with play in the build-up, and the goal was chalked out. However, Real Madrid added their fourth goal in the 81st minute, courtesy of Benzema, who combined with fellow substitute Vinicius.
The win also made their Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti the first manager to capture titles in each of Europe’s top five leagues England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Marcelo is now Real’s most successful player with 24 trophies. “We have won as early as possible, and that is everyone’s job to be celebrated. Today we have to celebrate, but we have an important game ahead. There is nothing to worry about if we do it right,” Marcelo added post-match.
Following a convincing win to lift the record 35th title, fans were quick to express their joy on social media accounts.
Check out how fans reacted:
🏆 #CAMPEON35 🏆
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) April 30, 2022
Marcelo has now officially become the most decorated Real Madrid player of all-time. 24 trophies won for the love of his life. He is truly a living legend. 🇧🇷✨
📸: Twitter/Selma Madrid pic.twitter.com/LM1V4agQB2
— OKORO SOLOMON CHIJIOKE (@OKOROSOLOMONCH1) May 1, 2022
— Jamal Alhalabi (@Jamalalhalabi21) May 1, 2022
Real Madrid’s title winning game
• Chanted ‘Cristiano’ at 7th minute.
• Marcelo assist to opener.
• Modric standing ovation.
• Isco’s and Marcelo’s name chanted.
• Ceballos’ show.
• Camavinga brilliant performance.
• Ancelotti first manager to win all t5 league titles. pic.twitter.com/KVBYTztj6w
— 𝙎⚡. (@MadridNations) April 30, 2022
No Real Madrid player has won more trophies in the club’s history than Marcelo. pic.twitter.com/qwTAw1UPhq
— TC (@totalcristiano) April 30, 2022
What you see here is Irreplaceable.
Marcelo and Modric are Real Madrid. pic.twitter.com/Y8cVkwtJFk
— RMZZ (@RMBlancoZz) April 30, 2022
Marcelo's son joking with Hazard 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Ug6SBSf8FP
— Hazard Xtra. (@HazardXtra) April 30, 2022
Marcelo was crying after assisting Rodrygo’s second goal.
He’s going to leave this club with his head held high unlike S.Ramos. pic.twitter.com/xFRu0C64yH
— TM (@_totalmbappe) April 30, 2022
Good day to be a Real Madrid fan. pic.twitter.com/fc1V18ZN42
— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) April 30, 2022
— This Boy 🇳🇦 (@dme__363) April 30, 2022