Real Madrid has returned to the summit of La Liga after recording a 2-0 win over struggling Real Mallorca at their temporary home ground, Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Madrid is leading Barcelona on the log courtesy of the head-to-head rule. The Galacticos had garnered four points against the Blaugrana in their fixtures this season, courtesy of a goalless draw in the first leg at the Camp Nou and 2-0 win at the Bernabeu.
The Whites have not hidden the intention of winning the title that had eluded them since 2012, after losing the first leg of the Champions League 2-1 at the Bernabeau against Manchester City. So, realistically, Madrid is in the driving seat to win the domestic title at the expense of their close rivals, who also defeated Athletico Bilbao at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
How Real Madrid got maximum points against Real Mallorca
Madrid stepped on to the pitch, knowing fully well that a win keeps them in line of winning the title after Barcelona had won 24-hours earlier to top the league temporarily.
Vinicius Junior is beginning to repay the faith Zinedine Zidane had in him with a goal when he opened the scoring account for the Galacticos when he chipped high into the net from Luka Modric’s lay-off.
Captain of the team, Sergio Ramos, led by example when he curled in a delightful freekick to double the team’s lead in the second half, which eventually gave the maximum points.
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Real Madrid back to the top
In the game which the visitors gave 15-year-old Luka Romero his debut in the second half to become the league’s youngest ever player to play, Gareth Bale got his first Real Madrid start since February. But the Welshman struggled to make any significant impact. His shot in the sixth minute was kept out by goalkeeper Manolo Reina.
Madrid could have had more through Eden Hazard, but the Belgian curled wide from 25 yards out. Karim Benzema, who had scored in the last two games, also drove a shot straight at Reina.
Winning the remaining seven games guarantees Real Madrid their first title since 2017. Will Madrid continue the winning streak till the end of the season? Time will tell.