Real Madrid move closer to La Liga title with close win over Granada | Soccer

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At the final whistle, a cry rang out in another empty arena where Real Madrid had won and their players raised their arms. They were made to suffer, more than they expected after a seemingly perfect start, but they were safe now, so almost there. Two goals from Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema were enough – just enough – to lead them to a ninth straight win, defeating Granada 2-1, and to a title-winning victory with two games left. The longest league will be theirs, secure when it has become the shortest: an intense summer tournament in which they have never even dragged, let alone lost.When football restarted after nearly a hundred days of lockout, Madrid were second, a club that had won only two of the last 11 La Liga titles in the race to miss another. But this eleven-game mini-league was good for them. Covid League, as Sergio Ramos called it, meant a tangible goal before them, something to take and take. Zinedine Zidane’s team arrived here after winning eight of eight games and keeping five straight laundries, leading Barcelona to the head-to-head record with one game in hand. They hadn’t even hung out yet. And not here either.

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