Karim Benzema Powers Real Madrid to 34th La Liga Title

French forward Karim Benzema netted two goals and powered Real Madrid to a record 34th La Liga victory

With one game to spare, Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-1 at home to clinch their 34th La Liga title on Thursday. The Spanish Club's leading scorer, Karim Benzema, netted two goals and powered them to victory.

Real Madrid has amassed 86 points from 37 games, which is seven ahead of dethroned Champions, Barcelona, who were deposed after a 2-1 loss to Osasuna at home. Speaking about the victory, Thibaut Courtois, Real's goalkeeper said, "To return after spending three months locked in our homes and to win 10 matches in a row is incredible, but I always believed in my team and knew we could win it."

Two Goals to Clinch Title

Benzema fired through the legs of keeper Sergio Asenjo to put Madrid ahead after 29 minutes and converted a penalty in the 77th to help Real on their way to a remarkable 10th consecutive league win since the season resumed after the COVID-19 stoppage.

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema Wikimedia Commons

The 32-year-old striker had put the ball in the net moments earlier after an audacious pass from the spot-kick by original penalty taker Sergio Ramos but it had to be re-taken due to encroachment. The French forward then stepped up to take the penalty himself and slammed it into the bottom corner to score his 21st league goal of the campaign.

Equalizer Eludes Villarreal

Villarreal pulled a late goal back through Vicente Iborra and should have snatched an equalizer in added time, while Real's Marco Asensio thought he had added a third goal later on but it was ruled out by VAR for offside.

After the match Real's captain Ramos hoisted the Liga trophy into the air at the empty Alfredo di Stefano stadium, where the Madrid side has been playing their final games of the season while their Santiago Bernabeu home is being renovated.

(With inputs from agencies)