A heavily rotated Real Madrid forced Barcelona to wait 24 hours longer before having the opportunity to be crowned LaLiga
Despite Los Blancos’ first half supremacy and two-goal cushion at half-time courtesy of Gareth Bale and
The results places the Champions League semi-finalists one point behind city rivals Atletico Madrid and means Barcelona must leave Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening with something to clinch the title this weekend.
The hosts assumed complete dominance from the outset, with Leganes struggling to put their foot on the ball for any extended period.
And Los Blancos’ overriding supremacy provided a deserved tangible reward after just eight minutes as Bale found himself in the right place at the right time to toe home his 15th goal of the season.
Karim Benzema’s initial effort was well blocked by an outstretched defensive boot before possession bounced into the path of the Welshman, whose acrobatic strike had just enough purchase to beat the advancing Ivan Cuellar to give Zinedine Zidane’s outfit the perfect start.
Gareth Bale 12 goals in 17 league starts. Vamos.
— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) April 28, 2018
After going ahead, Real Madrid continued to find themselves in the ascendency; however, from the resulting free-kick of a pacy
Amrabat 20 yard toe poke off the crossbar! Almost Ronaldinho at Stamford Bridge-esque. Almost.
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 28, 2018
#RealMadridLeganés 2-0 HT: Bizarre ending to the first half as Mayoral thinks he scores, linesman rules it out, only for the officials to retract their decision (correctly) and give the goal. Real by far the better side. Bale brilliant, although Leganes have come close.
— Joe Owens (@jwpowens) April 28, 2018
Second time Casemiro has let a cross run free across the six-yard box. He has zero clue how to play as a center back and it’s not his fault. Why does Zidane keep doing this? Casemiro as a CB unquestionably ZZ’s worst decision of all time.
— Om “so called ‘fan'” Arvind (@OmVArvind) April 28, 2018