What to watch in Europe's leagues as season reaches climax
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 6:47
Zinedine Zidane insists that Real Madrid are physically and mentally ready for the pressure of the final game of the La Liga season against Malaga. However, the side from San Sebastian have arguably the easiest task against a rival that has lost 6 consecutive games and is both emotionally and physically exhausted after Wednesday's game against Real Madrid. "I've won everything with this club, but this title is special".
After earlier missing from the penalty spot, Lionel Messi made amends when he converted a 75th minute penalty for his 36th league goal of the season.
Barcelona got their revenge when for once Real's belief got the better of them as they chased a victor despite being a man down after Ramos's red card in a thrilling 3-2 El Clasico defeat last month.
"Malaga is a good team, but we are Real Madrid and we have to show that we are the better team and that we want to be the champions", Ronaldo said.
Real needed just a point to be assured of the title and any lingering nerves were dispelled within seconds.
Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas was forced to punch clear a fizzing Daniel Wass free kick in the first half after which Aspas blasted into the side-netting, but Madrid controlled the game after the break once Ronaldo had increased their lead.
His second goal came three minutes into the second half when he latched on to a pass from the impressive Isco.
However, the visitors went straight up the other end and Marcelo's low cross was tapped home by Karim Benzema to restore Real's two-goal cushion.
"After that we will have 13 days to prepare well to try to win the Champions League final".
And, to add extra narrative to the occasion, one particular player in Malaga's ranks is planning on doing everything he can to make sure that particular scenario happens.
"It is very important to lift this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La Liga", said Zidane, who was thrown up and down by his players after the final whistle.
Real Madrid's players celebrate at the end of the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on May 10, 2017.
Third-placed Atletico had already qualified for the Champions League, along with fourth-placed Sevilla, which will have to go through a playoff to get into the competition's group stage.
Finally, Real Sociedad need to win in Vigo and hope that either Athletic or Villarreal slip up in order to move into the top-six.
They have just one game left and a draw would be enough to take them to their first LaLiga title in five years.
"I have lived as a player and for me today is the happiest day professionally".