Girona’s win over Barcelona hands Real Madrid 36th La Liga title

Real Madrid clinched their 36th La Liga title after a win over Cadiz was coupled with a defeat for Barcelona against Girona on Saturday (May 4). Having won 3-0 against Cadiz, a 4-2 defeat for Barcelona against Catalonian giants Girona meant that Real won La Liga title with four matches to spare in the season. This is the club’s second La Liga title under coach Carlo Ancelotti having also clinched the 2022 title under him. The win for Girona also assured their Champions League qualification for next season.

Real Madrid win La Liga title

Heading into Saturday, Real Madrid were on 84 points while Barcelona started the day on 73 points with both teams each playing 33 matches. Earlier in the day, goals from Brahim Diaz, Jude Bellingham and Joselu helped Real Madrid win 3-0 against Cadiz. The win meant that Real Madrid reached 87 points with four matches to go.

Later in the day, despite leading twice Barcelona lost to Girona 4-2 at the home of their local rivals. The result meant Barcelona could now reach a maximum of 85 points while Girona in second place in La Liga also cannot breach the 87-point tally of Real Madrid as they can reach a maximum of 86 points (if they win all their four matches).

Real Madrid’s hunt however won’t end with La Liga as they are still in the running to win the Champions League where they host Bayern Munich on Wednesday. With 36 La Liga titles the Los Blancos remain the most successful club in the history of the Spanish top flight. 

The result also had historic silver lining to it as Girona (74 points) sit above Barcelona (73 points) with four matches to go in the season. No local rival from the Catalonian region has finished above Barcelona since World War ll. In 1941-42, Espanyol finished ninth while Barcelona 12th but since then the Camp Nou outfit have never been piped by a local rival.

The result also saw Girona officially qualify for the expanded version of the Champions League in the 2024-25 season. 

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