A draw or defeat for Real Madrid would have given Atletico the likelihood to win the title on Sunday by beating Osasuna however objectives from Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Alvaro Odriozola and Karim Benzema secured a snug victory at Los Carmenes.
Atletico may nonetheless be topped champions this weekend in the event that they overcome Osasuna and Real Madrid fail to win away at Athletic Bilbao however the Spanish title race has been filled with surprises and nonetheless nothing is assured.
“We’re nonetheless in it,” mentioned Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “There are two video games left, we have now to ship and right this moment we delivered.”
“We can solely preserve placing strain on Atletico and hope they do not win each of their video games,” added goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. “We are shut, there isn’t a margin for error.”
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Even third-placed Barcelona are nonetheless in the operating, even when Tuesday’s 3-3 draw away at Levante leaves them needing an unimaginable swing of outcomes if they’re to overturn a four-point deficit in two video games.
The theme of Real Madrid’s problem in latest weeks has been survival, their squad stretched to its limits by accidents and absentees however a very youthful crew produced a vibrant show to see off a Granada facet that earlier this month beat Barca at Camp Nou.
Zidane began three 20-year-olds and a 19-year-old in what was arguably, given the stakes, the membership’s most vital league recreation of the season and his kids delivered.
The 19-year-old Miguel Gutierrez began at proper again and gave a spectacular help for Modric’s opener whereas the 20-year-old Marvin Park performed at left again and made the restoration that led to the 20-year-old Rodrygo including a second.
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Zidane has been as loyal as ever to his ageing core this season however necessity has compelled him to flip to look elsewhere and it stays to be seen whether or not he exhibits extra belief in the likes of Miguel and Marvin in future.
“They did properly from the begin,” mentioned Zidane. “They need to play, they need to present their high quality and that is what they’ve finished.”
The veterans delivered once more too, the 35-year-old Modric including a aim to one other instrumental efficiency, in what was his fifty fifth look of the season.
Benzema scored his twenty ninth aim of the marketing campaign and twenty second in La Liga, which leaves him two in need of his document.
Madrid had been glorious in the first half and took the lead in the seventeenth minute when Miguel reduce in the from left and scooped an outstanding move into the path of Modric, who held off Domingos Duarte and fired in at the close to publish.
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Rodrygo added a second simply earlier than half-time, profiting after Marvin had freed him with a sliding problem close to the half-way line. Rodrygo superior into the penalty space and drove into the far nook.
Madrid’s dominance pale after the break and Granada briefly threatened a comeback, a protracted ball ahead not handled by Eder Militao, giving Luis Suarez the likelihood to shoot and Jorge Molina to faucet in the rebound.
But the pressure was by no means actually allowed to construct as a result of 4 minutes later, Madrid made it three.
Eden Hazard, on off the bench, miscontrolled Modric’s move however recovered with a formidable pull-back for the arriving Odriozola to end.
Thirty seconds after Granada kicked off, they conceded a fourth, their goalkeeper Rui Silva making a multitude of Casemiro’s launched move ahead, with the ball spilling out to Benzema, who had an open internet.