Ramos leads Real to tri­umph

The Asian Age - - Games -

Madrid, July 3: Real Madrid took a big step to­wards win­ning the Span­ish league on Thurs­day by bat­tling past Getafe to move four points clear of Barcelona, with five games left.

Ser­gio Ramos’ late penalty proved the dif­fer­ence at the Al­fredo di Ste­fano Stadium where Madrid were made to feel un­com­fort­able by Getafe but dug out a gutsy 1-0 vic­tory wor­thy of cham­pi­ons.

This was ar­guably Madrid’s tough­est fix­ture re­main­ing and with a four-point ad­van­tage over Barca, as well as the su­pe­rior head-to-head, the tro­phy is now firmly within their grasp.

“We have not won any­thing,” in­sisted coach Zine­dine Zi­dane.

It is Madrid’s big­gest lead over Barcelona since Septem­ber and their big­gest cush­ion at the top of the ta­ble all sea­son.

If they can beat Ath­letic Bil­bao at San Mames on Sun­day, Madrid could even pull seven points clear be­fore Barca face a dif­fi­cult game away at in­form Vil­lar­real a few hours later.

Barcelona’s 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Madrid

on Tues­day, com­ing on the back of an­other 2-2 draw away at Celta Vigo last week­end, gave Zi­dane’s side an open­ing and they have taken full ad­van­tage.

Six wins out six since the restart, with only two goals con­ceded, has made for a re­lent­less run of form and it would take a mon­u­men­tal col­lapse now to let Barca back in.

BRE­MEN IN A GOAL­LESS STALE­MATE IN GER­MANY Mean­while, Werder Bre­men’s Bun­desliga fu­ture re­mained in doubt af­ter be­ing held to a 0-0 draw by sec­ond-di­vi­sion Hei­den­heim in the first leg of their rel­e­ga­tion­pro­mo­tion play­off.

Bre­men, which fin­ished third from bot­tom in the top di­vi­sion, will have to do with­out cap­tain Nik­las Moisander for the sec­ond leg on Mon­day af­ter he was sent off late with his sec­ond yel­low card for a poor chal­lenge.

Flo­rian Ko­hfeldt’s side was re­lieved not to con­cede in in­jury time when Hei­den­heim de­fender Timo Beer­mann headed just wide from Marc Sch­nat­terer’s cor­ner.

It was the clos­est ei­ther side came to scor­ing in the game.


Ser­gio Ramos of Real Madrid cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing dur­ing their Span­ish league match against Getafe at the Al­fredo di Ste­fano stadium in Valde­be­bas, Madrid, on Thurs­day. Madrid won 1-0.

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