Real Madrid one win away from title

15 July 2020 | Sports

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Real Madrid are one victory away from clinching the La Liga title after they held off a second-half comeback from Granada on Monday to win 2-1 and move four points clear of Barcelona.

With two games left, Madrid will be crowned champions if they beat Villarreal at home on Thursday, regardless of how Barca fare at the Camp Nou against Osasuna.

They were made to sweat by a Granada team that are gunning for Europe and have arguably been the division's surprise of the season after being promoted from second tier only last year.

Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema looked to have set Madrid on course for a comfortable win at Los Carmenes, but Granada were transformed after the break and Darwin Machis' 50th-minute strike gave them hope.



Ninth consecutive victory

An increasingly nervy Madrid were clinging on by the end and needed Sergio Ramos to clear one shot off the line as Zinedine Zidane's side dug in for a ninth consecutive victory.

When the final whistle blew, Zidane roared with relief and Ramos clenched his fists after coming through their toughest test since the restart.

“We can't relax, we're a bit closer but we have to carry on,” Ramos said afterwards.

“We let our guard down here a bit on the second half. We won the first half and lost the second and maybe that's a warning for us. We have to make sure we don't repeat that mistake,” Zidane said.

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