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Real Madrid on Brink of La Liga Title; Sevilla Clinches Champions League Berth

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MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defeated Granada 2-1 on Monday to move within two points of winning the Spanish league.

Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema scored first-half goals to give Madrid its ninth straight win and keep Zinedine Zidane’s team four points ahead of second-placed Barcelona with two rounds to go.

The Catalan club won at Valladolid on Saturday.

Madrid, which has won every match since the league resumed after the pandemic break, can clinch its first title since 2017 on Thursday with a win at Villarreal, or if Barcelona loses points when it hosts Osasuna. Two draws in the final two rounds will also be enough to secure Madrid a record 34th league trophy.

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