Real Madrid overcame hard fighting Malaga 2-0 to lift their second La liga title in five years and their 33rd title in history as Barcelona came from two goals down to defeat Eibar 4-2 howbeit in a controversial fashion.
Zinedine Zidane’s side only needed a point to secure the title, having held a three-point lead over Barcelona but they went all out for a win.
Cristiano got the party rolling as early as the 2nd minute when he connected to Isco’s defence splitting pass and put the ball past Malaga keeper, Kameni. Few minutes later at Camp Nou, Takashi Inui gave Eibar a surprising lead to stun their hosts, Barca.
At halftime, it remained 1-0 till Takashi Inui increased Eibar’s lead to 2-0 over Barcelona while Karim Baenzema put Real Madrid 2-0 up to seal the title thereby making Barcelona’s comeback meaningless.
An own goal halved the deficit for Barcelona, while Messi missed a controversial penalty before Suarez equalized the score.
Messi will later atone for his miss to score another controversial penalty before sealing the win late on to beat Eibar 4-2 but it just didn’t matter anymore as Real Madrid held on at Malaga for a special win.
That was Messi’s 36th and 37th goal of the season, thereby winning the Pichichi trophy.
Marcelo hailed the spirit in the team stating:
“We have to be proud of this team. Winning the Spanish league is very tough, it’s the strongest league in the world.We’ve got to be proud of the team and the coaching staff. A lot of people didn’t want Real Madrid to win La Liga, but we fought right until the last. We’re Real Madrid.”
Also, Luka Modric who celebrated his 150th win with Madrid said:
“It’s an incredible feeling. We’ve waited a long time but in the end it was worth our work. We deserved to win this league title. We’re very happy and now we have to celebrate it with our fans. It’s my first league title, it’s been an incredible year and there’s still a final to come.”
With this victory, Madrid have won the competition for a record 33 times, 9 more than their Catalan rivals and 23 more than Atletico who lay in third.
Written by Chineze Ogugua