REPORT | 06/05/2017 | Alberto NavarroJames and Morata's braces sealed the win for the Whites, who still depend on themselves to win the league title.
- La Liga
- Matchday 36
The Whites had got their goal, had gone ahead and would go on to get another with ten minutes gone. Coentrão crossed in and James was the fastest to react, hammering in a thundering header. The Colombian now had a brace to his name and had already given a masterclass with the game having only just started.
The third goal came on the half hour mark. Casemiro saw Danilo break away from his man. His countryman controlled the ball and set up Morata, and struck a first time shot from around the penalty area. The way in which the ball went in off the post made it an even sweeter goal to behold.
It was the prelude to another beautiful goal from the academy graduate. Five minutes later he got his second after a great bit of individual work saw him get the better of Hongla and beat Ochoa from distance. There was a chance to extend the lead before the break, but Lucas Vázquez's left-footed shot after 42 minutes crashed into the crossbar, and Ochoa came out on top in the 45th minute.
The second half had less intensity. Real Madrid, with an eye on Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final slowed down the pace of the game. Despite that, the chances kept coming, almost getting the fifth in the 61st minute. Benzema started the counterattack which fell to Danilo, who hit the post from the rebound. Four minutes later Ochoa saved again after a Lucas Vázquez shot from the edge of the area. There were no more goals. The Whites now have their minds on the Champions League derby.