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Champions Madrid beat Granada

Spanish champions Real Madrid cruised to a 4-0 victory over relegated Granada to get the title celebrations underway on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be showing off the league trophy in the Spanish capital on Sunday and a squad full of reserves made light work of the downtrodden Andalusians.

Brahim Diaz struck twice with Fran Garcia and Arda Guler also on target for Madrid, who beat Bayern Munich in midweek to reach the Champions League final.

Los Blancos clinched their 36th Spanish title last weekend with four games to spare, but chose not to celebrate and focus on the game against Bayern.

Joselu’s late brace settled the game in dramatic fashion and the Spaniard started up front against Granada, with only Antonio Rudiger starting the game from the side that defeated the German giants.

Granada, 19th, were relegated before kick-off after Mallorca beat Las Palmas to ensure the Andalusians could not escape the drop zone.

Their players gave Real Madrid a guard of honor and Los Blancos continued to display the concentration that had propelled them to the title, even if nothing was on the line now. The win sent them 15 points clear of second-placed Girona.

Madrid took the lead after 38 minutes when Diaz cut the ball home from six yards and Garcia slotted home.

The left-back turned the scorer of Madrid’s second goal before the break, feeding Turkish teenager Guler who took a touch to control and fire a second into the bottom corner.

Madrid maintained their dominance in the second half and extended their lead after 49 minutes.

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A tricky playmaker, Diaz received the ball on the halfway line and drove forward deep into Granada territory. With the defense shut down, he worked his way into space and fired home.

The Morocco international added a fourth after a neat team effort, finishing comfortably after being teed up by experienced midfielder Luka Modric.

The likes of Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Junior and Fede Valverde remained on the bench for Madrid, while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois played his second game after nine months out injured.

The three remaining league games will allow Ancelotti to rest and rotate to get his first-choice squad in optimum condition to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on June 1.

They may also give fans one last chance to see Modric in action, with the 38-year-old Croatian out of contract in the summer.

When Modric made way for Toni Kroos in the second half, many fans at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium applauded him.


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