Real Madrid Vs Villarreal - LIVE STREAM
Date- Thursday, July 16 2020 Kick-Off – 22:00 Mecca Channel – 1 HD
Karim Benzema scored a goal in each half as Real Madrid clinched a 34th LaLiga title with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal.
The Frenchman's 20th and 21st league goals - the second of which came from a contentious penalty - of the season ultimately earned a win at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano that meant Barcelona's result against Osasuna was rendered immaterial.
Zinedine Zidane's men were in control against game opponents until Vicente Iborra's late header made for a nervy finish, but a 10th straight win since LaLiga's resumption means Madrid are champions with a game to spare.
Benzema has scored seven times in that run and it was fitting his contribution should round out their title success given the striker's goals and a solid defensive base have been the pillars of Madrid's campaign.
This game did not initially look like being the banana skin it had the potential to be and it felt a matter of time before Madrid found an opening, albeit bar Luka Modric's long-range drive their early endeavours proved fruitless.
The opener arrived after 29 minutes, though. Casemiro picked off Sofian Chakla's pass and Modric quickly laid into the path of Benzema, who drilled through the legs of Sergio Asenjo.
Asenjo denied Dani Carjaval early in the second half after the full-back showed quick feet to get a left-foot shot away.
Madrid were gifted a golden opportunity to double the lead when Sergio Ramos tore forward and was awarded a dubious penalty when the referee judged Chakla to have clipped Los Blancos' captain.
Ramos cheekily passed the ball off the spot for Benzema to score, only for the latter to have encroached, but Benzema clinically dispatched the re-take into the bottom-left corner.
Toni Kroos rattled the crossbar prior to Iborra's thumping header to set up a tense finale, in which Thibaut Courtois brilliantly saved from Bruno Soriano and Iborra in the same move.
Marco Asensio thought he had calmed the nerves in the final minute of added time only to be denied by the VAR, but it did little to dampen the mood of the new champions.
Goal! Benzema with a composed finish!
Peep! We are underway in Madrid!
Confidence from the Los Blancos captain!
Now for Villarreal, No Santi Carzola tonight in the starting line up! Gerard Moreno will be the dangerman in attack!
Team News! Eden Hazard is back in the starting line up! Ferland Mendy keeps his place in the side and Sergio Ramos is alongside Rafa Varane.
Villarreal made their way to Madrid by train! What a wonderful way to travel!
So here we go! Everything is prepped in Madrid!
Good evening! Welcome to the live updates of Real Madrid Vs Villarreal. The equasion is simple for Los Blancos, win and lift the La Liga title! Join me for build up, team news and goals as they go in!