Player ratings as Los Blancos win La Liga title

A brace from Rodrygo ensured Real Madrid were crowned champions of Spain for the 35th time with a 4-0 win at home to Espanyol.

A much-changed Los Blancos side managed to keep their visitors from Barcelona at arm’s length and strolled to victory despite only needing a draw to secure the title.

Mariano Diaz had the game’s first chance in the third minute when Luka Modric intercepted a stray Espanyol pass from the back, teeing up the Dominican in the process. However, Real’s number 24 was slow to react and his shot from him was blocked by the retreating Sergi Gomez much to the frustration of Modric.

Diaz then struck the post after a well-worked Real Madrid corner saw him meet Casemiro’s looping header back across goal, while at the other end, Javier Puado and Raul de Tomas threatened to cause the hosts’ makeshift defense problems.

With just over half an hour on the clock, Real Madrid took the lead through a sweet Rodrygo strike. The Brazilian combined with compatriot Marcelo with a neat one-two down the left channel, cutting inside and stroking the ball past former Real goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

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