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Real Madrid Retains La Liga Lead Ahead of ‘Clasico’ Showdown with FC Barcelona

Madrid, April 14, 2024, The Europe Today: Real Madrid continues to assert its dominance in La Liga, maintaining an eight-point lead at the top of the table following a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Mallorca. The win solidifies Carlo Ancelotti’s side as strong contenders in the ongoing title race.

The encounter against Mallorca proved challenging as the home team presented a resolute defense and physical presence, stifling Real Madrid’s attacking prowess in the first half. Despite limited opportunities, Jude Bellingham’s effort against the crossbar was the closest Real came to breaking the deadlock before halftime.

The pivotal moment arrived early in the second half when Aurelian Tchouameni’s powerful shot, aided by a deflection off Manu Morales, found the back of the Mallorca net, granting Real Madrid a crucial lead.

Mallorca persisted in their pursuit of an equalizer, with Sergi Darder’s attempt thwarted by a spectacular save from Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin in the 73rd minute. Vedat Muriqi missed a late opportunity to level the score, firing wide from a promising position in injury time.

Looking ahead to next weekend’s highly anticipated ‘Clasico’ against FC Barcelona, Real Madrid enters the showdown with confidence and momentum, poised to defend its league leadership against their arch-rivals.

In other La Liga action, Barcelona secured a vital victory against Cadiz, with Joao Felix’s stunning overhead kick proving decisive. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid staged a comeback to defeat Girona 3-1, with Antoine Griezmann’s brace pivotal in securing the win.

Rayo Vallecano and Getafe played out a goalless draw in the south Madrid derby, impacting both sides’ aspirations within the league standings. Additionally, Real Betis halted their losing streak with a 2-1 triumph over Celta Vigo, courtesy of goals from Joan Miranda and Nabil Fekir.

As the La Liga season intensifies, the race for European qualification and relegation survival remains fiercely contested, setting the stage for compelling matchups and decisive outcomes in the weeks ahead.