Real Madrid clinched a record-extending 34th La Liga title with one game to spare by beating Villarreal 2-1 at home.
The title was clinched on Thursday, thanks to two goals from their leading scorer Karim Benzema.
Real have 86 points after 37 games, seven more than deposed champions Barcelona, who were beaten 2-1 at home to Osasuna. Benzema fired through the legs of Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo to put Madrid ahead after 29 minutes. Thereafter, he converted a penalty to help Real on their way to a remarkable 10th consecutive league win.
Benzema had put the ball in the net moments earlier. It came after an audacious pass from the spot kick by original penalty taker, Sergio Ramos. But it had to be re-taken due to encroachment in the area.
The French forward stepped up to take the penalty himself. He slammed it into the bottom corner to score his 21st league goal of the campaign.
Villarreal pulled a late goal back through Vicente Iborra. In addition, they should have snatched an equaliser in added time.
Also, Real Madrid forward, Marco Asensio thought he had added a third goal later on but it was ruled out.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his side “have to learn” after the champions’ hopes of setting a new Premier League points record ended as they suffered only their third defeat of a stellar campaign at Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp’s side – who will receive the trophy after the game with Chelsea at Anfield next week; needed to win all of their remaining games to eclipse the tally of 100 points; set by then champions Manchester City two seasons ago.
And they looked on course when Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a fully deserved lead. He scored after 20 minutes as he slid home Andrew Robertson’s cross.
Arsenal was then allowed back into the game before the interval. This came after uncharacteristic errors by two of Liverpool’s most reliable performers; Alexandre Lacazette taking advantage of a dreadful back-pass by Virgil van Dijk to equalis