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Real Madrid retain La Liga title

Arjen Robben
Ex-Chelsea winger Robben has scored some crucial goals recently

Real Madrid retained the Spanish league title after a dramatic 2-1 win at Osasuna left them with an unassailable 10-point lead with three games to play.

With Villarreal beating Getafe 2-0 in an earlier match, Real had to win the game to clinch their 31st league title.

Fabio Cannavaro was sent off early in the second half and Patxi Punal scored a penalty with eight minutes left.

But Arjen Robben headed an equaliser before Gonzalo Higuain lashed a winner past Ricardo with a minute to go.

Madrid coach Bernd Schuster, who has been told he will keep his job despite being under pressure earlier in the season, said: "I'm not interested in personal stuff and what the title means to me.


"There are always difficult moments and more so at a club like this. From the start, I believed the team was capable of achieving what it has done."

He added: "Building a team can take up to four years because there are huge demands.

"The coach should be given the necessary time to win titles and keep working, forming and improving a team."

see also
Real Madrid 1-2 Roma (agg 2-4)
05 Mar 08 |  Europe
Real top Man Utd in rich league
14 Feb 08 |  Business

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