Real Madrid

Real Madrid won their 35th LaLiga title on Saturday, thanks to two first-half goals from Rodrygo, who led them to a 4-0 victory over mid-table Espanyol in front of a raucous home crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu.

With the victory, their Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager in Europe’s top five leagues, including England, Germany, Spain, Italy, and France. Real led 2-0 at halftime thanks to Rodrygo’s double, before Marco Asensio added a third following 55 minutes and LaLiga’s top scorer Karim Benzema secured the win in the 81st minute. 

With Real facing Manchester City in their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, captain Benzema won the trophy after getting off the bench late in the second half as Ancelotti rested many regular players.

Real Madrid Defeated Espanyol

With four games remaining, Real has 81 points. With over a month left in the season, they are 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla and 18 points ahead of Barcelona, who have a game in hand. They needed a point against Espanyol to secure the championship.

Marcelo set a new club record by winning his 24th trophy with Real, passing Gento as the player with the most trophy victories in the club’s 120-year history. Real Madrid cruised through Espanyol on Saturday, despite the fact that midfield motivation Luka Modric, goalie Thibaut Courtois, and Casemiro, who was playing as a defender, were the only three regulars who started.

Espanyol’s second-string team was barely troubled, with Rodrygo, the home side’s in-form Brazilian attacker, stealing the show with two stunning goals.

He received a lovely feed from Marcelo in the 33rd minute and hit a wonderful shot beyond Diego Lopez in the far corner. He won the ball in the Espanyol half just before the interval, shifted the ball onto his right foot, and struck a low shot into the left corner, fooling the keeper. Real Madrid secured a well-deserved victory in a historically strong season thanks to a show of dominance.