Real Madrid clinched the La Liga title on the final day, as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were enough to overcome Malaga. 

The first goal came after only two minutes with Ronaldo rounding Carlos Kameni, setting up the ideal start for Zidane's side. Benzema made it 2-0 shortly before the hour mark, latching onto a deflected corner. 

Now Madrid must set their sights on claiming an 11th Champions League trophy, as they look to become the first club to successfully defend Europe's top prize. 


Madrid knew that by avoiding defeat they would be crowned La Liga champions, a feat they haven't achieved since 2012. Zinedine Zidane named an unchanged side, having scored eight goals in their past two games. Malaga had little to play for as they can't finish any higher than 11th place, with the pressure of the game resting firmly on Madrid's shoulders. 

But any pressure Zidane's men were feeling before was quickly diminished, as Ronaldo coolly put the away side in front. Isco picked the ball up halfway into the Malaga half, signalling Ronaldo to start his run. The Spaniard played his teammate in with a precise through ball, giving Ronaldo the chance to round Carlos Kameni. The Portuguese international didn't disappoint, as he took it past the keeper and put it into an empty net. Two minutes played and Zidane already had one hand on the trophy. 

Following strong pressure from Madrid in the opening 10 minutes, the game settled down as Malaga aimed to get back into the match. Benzema looked to beat Kameni from a tight angle, only for the shot to flash just wide. Whereas up the other end, Sandro Ramirez tested Keylor Navas with a low, stinging drive.

Sandro brought Navas back into action once again, this time from a set piece. The Spaniard curled in a vicious effort which nearly found the top corner. However, a brilliant piece of goalkeeping from the Costa Rican saw him push the ball away just as it was crossing the line, keeping his side in front. 

The game remained at a steady pace until Ronaldo again was presented with a wonderful chance. Isco again, a player in sublime form in recent games, turned wonderfully in midfield and drove his side upfield. He played in Benzema down the left who tried to return the ball to the Spaniard, but instead it fell for Ronaldo. The 32-year-old sorted his feet out quickly, but his left-footed shot was saved well by Kameni. 

Keko had Malaga's best chances of the half shortly after, as firstly he flicked on Sandro's shot, only for the ball to sail just wide. A few minutes later the 25-year-old was involved again, getting in between Sergio Ramos and Marcelo to fire a powerful header just over the bar. The game however continued at a steady pace into half time, with the second half starting in a similar fashion. 

With Barcelona losing at the break, any result in Malaga would see Los Blancos lift the trophy, but the away side weren't taking any chances. They set up with the intention of hitting Malaga on the break following the interval, but both Ronaldo and Benzema couldn't double their lead. The change in formation gave the home side a chance to push forward, playing into Madrid's hands. 

A corner, swung in from Kroos, was met by Ramos on the half volley from six yards out. Kameni was again to the rescue with a fine close range save, but in a packed penalty area, Benzema latched onto the rebound to make 2-0. The game and the title seemed to be a certainty, meaning Zidane's men could calm the play down. The Cameroonian 'keeper was subsequently booked for his protests, claiming the striker was offside. 

Despite the two goal disadvantage, Michel's men will have been aware of Madrid's poor defensive record this season. Navas hasn't kept a clean sheet in his last 16 La Liga games, but the home side rarely tested the Madrid goal. 

Benzema had a goal clearly disallowed and substitute Alvaro Morata was nearly released through on goal to no avail. The Madrid fans were celebrating in the stands as time ticked on; they knew it was nearly time to celebrate their first league title in five years. 


The final ten minutes resembled your typical end-of-season match, with both sides intent on keeping the ball. Few chances were created and as the game drew to a close, you could see how much the victory meant to the Madrid players. 

With 93 points and only three losses all season, Zidane's first full campaign in charge has been a huge success. His team would now be looking to build on their domestic triumph by clinching the Champions League trophy against Juventus on June 3.