Real Madrid Beats Granada, Keeps Pressure On Atletico

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Real Madrid beat Granada 4-1 at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes with goals from Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Alvaro Odriozola and Karim Benzema to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, ensuring that the title race goes down to the wire.

Despite missing a number of first-team regulars, Real Madrid started the stronger and first-half strikes from Luka Modric and Rodrygo put the visitors in control.

Real madrid midfielder Luka Modric scores goal against Granada doing La Liga match

Such was their dominance that even when Jorge Molina halved the deficit on 71 minutes, tapping in after Thibaut Courtois had kept out Luis Suarez’s initial effort, they rarely looked troubled.

Substitute Alvaro Odriozola restored Madrid’s two-goal advantage, slamming in from fellow substitute Eden Hazard’s pull-back after 75 minutes.

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Odriozola scores goal against Granada

The visitors continued to press and they were rewarded 60 seconds later.

The in-form Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema made it four after Granada keeper Rui Silva came out but failed to deal with a ball over the top, allowing the Frenchman to fire into an empty net from distance.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema celebrates goal against Granada

Real moved into second place on 78 points, two behind leaders Atletico Madrid with two games left to play. Barcelona are third, two points behind Real Madrid.

“It’s not just about scoring goals. We played well in defence, too,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It was a really complete game.”

“We didn’t get overrun at 2-1 and scored quickly after and that shows what character this side have.”

“It was a great win against a tough opponent at a difficult place to come to. We are going to give our all in the two remaining games, until La Liga is finished,” Zidane added.

Real Madrid will travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, while Atletico Madrid will  host Osasuna on the same day, with all matches kicking off simultaneously.

Should Real Madrid  fail to beat Bilbao, Atletico Madrid will be champions if they overcome Osasuna.

Other La Liga results

Real Valladolid 0-2 Villarreal

Eibar 1-1 Real Betis

Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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