Real Madrid Finishes La Liga Season Third
Real Madrid Finishes La Liga Season Third

Real Madrid Finishes La Liga Season Third

Real Madrid Finishes La Liga Season Third

Real Madrid suffered a potential confidence jolt ahead of next week’s Champions League final against Liverpool as it threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Villarreal in the last La Liga game of the season on Saturday.
Gareth Bale continued his bid for a starting berth in the Kiev final by scoring his fourth goal in three league games to fire Real ahead in the 11th minute, and Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a cross from Marcelo to make it 2-0, Reuters Reported.
Zinedine Zidane fielded an almost full-strength team, leaving out only Karim Benzema and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, with the French coach handing a debut to his 20-year-old son, Luca Zidane, in goal.
Colombian forward Roger Martinez pulled a goal back for fifth-placed Villarreal with 19 minutes remaining and Samuel Castillejo completed the home side’s revival by capitalizing on a nervous moment from Zidane to knock the ball into an empty net in the 85th minute.
Real ended a disappointing domestic season in third place on 76 points, 14 behind champion Barcelona and two points short of second-placed Atletico, on 78.
Real can make amends by winning a 13th European Cup next week if it beats Liverpool and becomes the first team since 1976 to win the trophy three years in a row.
The point was enough to ensure Villarreal finished fifth in the standings on 61 points, one above sixth-placed Real Betis, although both sides were already assured of automatic places in next season’s Europa League.

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