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Real Madrid 4-0 Espanyol: Real win title as Carlo Ancelotti completes 'Grand Slam'

Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to win the league in all five of Europe's major leagues as Real Madrid beat Espanyol to win La Liga.

Two goals from Rodrygo and strikes from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema confirmed Real's 35th Spanish title.

They are 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla with four games to play.

Ancelotti has also won titles in Italy's Serie A, France's Ligue 1, the Premier League in England and the German Bundesliga.

Real needed only a draw to win the title, but victory was never really in doubt once Rodrygo stroked home from just inside the area.

The Brazilian doubled Real's lead a minute before the break when he robbed Sergi Gomez of possession on the edge of the penalty area and fired low into the bottom corner.

Asensio finished off a rapid counter-attack before Benzema - rested with Wednesday's Champions League semi-final against Manchester City in mind - came off the bench to sidefoot home from Vinicius Jr's cutback.

Rodrygo scores Real Madrid's second goal against Espanyol
Rodrygo has scored four goals in the past five games

Ancelotti makes history

Ancelotti was lured back for a second spell at Real last summer following the departure of Zinedine Zidane, quitting Everton after 18 months at the Premier League club.

The 62-year-old won five major titles in two years at the Bernabeu between 2013 and 2015, including 'La Decima' - their 10th European Cup - but the Spanish title eluded him.

His first league title as a manager was with AC Milan in 2004, the club where he won the league twice as a player in the 1980s.

The Premier League with Chelsea followed in 2010, before Ancelotti lifted Ligue 1 with Paris St-Germain in 2013 and the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich in 2017.

Ancelotti's season could end in more glory, although Real must overturn a 4-3 first-leg deficit against City at the Bernabeu.

If they do reach the final and lift the trophy Ancelotti would become the only man to win the European Cup or Champions League four times as a manager, having also led AC Milan to the trophy in 2003 and 2007.

Wales forward Gareth Bale, who will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires this summer, was absent for the team's title celebrations.

In a tweet Bale said: "So disappointed that I'm not able to be part of the celebrations this evening due to a bad back spasm but really proud of the team for winning the title.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 17Vázquez
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 46minsSubstituted forIscoat 61'minutes
  • 5Vallejo
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricSubstituted forKroosat 60'minutes
  • 25CamavingaSubstituted forGilaat 75'minutes
  • 19Ceballos
  • 11Asensio
  • 24MarianoBooked at 42minsSubstituted forBenzemaat 60'minutes
  • 21RodrygoSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 8Kroos
  • 9Benzema
  • 13Lunin
  • 15Valverde
  • 20Vinícius Júnior
  • 22Isco
  • 23Mendy
  • 34Gila
  • 45Piñeiro del Álamo

Espanyol

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13López
  • 22Vidal
  • 5CaleroSubstituted forLópezat 83'minutes
  • 24Gómez
  • 4Cabrera
  • 14MelendoSubstituted forMorlanes Ariñoat 65'minutes
  • 25HerreraSubstituted forMérida Pérezat 76'minutes
  • 10Darder
  • 19VilhenaSubstituted forViláat 65'minutes
  • 9Puado
  • 11de TomásSubstituted forWuat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olazábal
  • 2Llambrich
  • 6Morlanes Ariño
  • 7Wu
  • 8Mérida Pérez
  • 15López
  • 16Morón
  • 17Vilá
  • 18Dimata
  • 21Melamed
  • 23Embarba
  • 34García
Referee:
José Luis Munuera Montero
Attendance:
58,686

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamEspanyol
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Espanyol 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Espanyol 0.

  3. Post update

    Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Darder (Espanyol).

  5. Post update

    Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aleix Vidal (Espanyol).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fran Mérida (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Cabrera.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dídac Vilá.

  9. Post update

    Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Aleix Vidal (Espanyol).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Espanyol. David López replaces Fernando Calero.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 4, Espanyol 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior following a fast break.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Javier Puado (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fran Mérida.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Espanyol. Fran Mérida replaces Yangel Herrera.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior replaces Rodrygo.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Mario Gila replaces Eduardo Camavinga.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Espanyol. Manu Morlanes tries a through ball, but Wu Lei is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal Real Madrid 3-0 Espanyol.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 30th April 2022

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid34256373294481
2Sevilla341713450282264
3Barcelona33189661332863
4Atl Madrid34187959411861
5Real Betis331761056381857
6Real Sociedad33151083231155
7Villarreal3414101054332152
8Ath Bilbao34131294134751
9Osasuna33128133444-1044
10Valencia341013114549-443
11Rayo Vallecano33117153438-440
12Celta Vigo33109143637-139
13Espanyol34109153749-1239
14Elche33108153644-838
15Getafe33811143137-635
16Mallorca3388172954-2532
17Cádiz34614143047-1732
18Granada33612153656-2030
19Alavés3477202856-2828
20Levante34511184266-2426
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