RECHARGED REAL MADRID, Thursday night, were crowned 2019-2020, La Liga champions. Their first, in three years. It ended Barcelona’s dominance  hold of the trophy since 2017.  They were crowned champions, after beating Villarreal 2—1, with one match to go, to clinch the title.

They had won all nine matches since the restart of the league, before hosting of Villarreal, Thursday night. Since the restart of the league, after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, Real Madrid had scintillating performance. Karim Benzema opened scoring, and added a second goal from the penalty spot, when Sergio Ramos was fouled on the box.

At home, in Camp Nou, Barcelona were beaten 2—1 by Osasuna. The grand crowning of Madrid took place at the 6,000-capacity seat stadium, the club’s training complex. Printed behind the shirt of the champions before lifting the trophy was “Campeones 34”, followed by jubilation.

Delighted Madrid manager, Zidane said: “Today is one of the best days for me as a professional. After everything that happened, the three-month break, it is fantastic what has been achieved. It is strange for everyone. We cannot control the situation. We would have loved to be with the supporters, and hopefully that can happen down the line.”