For the time since 2017 Real Madrid lifted the La-Liga trophy for 2019/2020 season on Thursday.
With goals from Karim Benzema in the 29 and 77 minutes, Zinedine Zidane’s side went into Thursday’s game against Villarreal knowing a victory would be enough to secure just the club’s third domestic league title this decade — and the first since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
According to CNN, it was far from the team’s best performance this season — indeed it looked as though nerves were a hindrance early on.
Going memory lane, it can be recalled that Real Madrid has won countless trophies with Zidane in charge, though it appeared the occasion was getting the better of his players as several passes went astray in the opening stages.
But it was Luka Modric, himself guilty of a few errant passes, who got the party started for Real, winning possession back in Villarreal’s half and playing a pass into Benzema, who drilled the ball low under Sergio Asenjo.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Benzema put the result beyond doubt from the penalty spot after Sergio Ramos had dubiously been brought down following a surging run from defense.
The penalty did have to be retaken after Ramos passed the first effort to Benzema, who had encroached into the area way before his teammate had touched the ball.