Real Madrid celebrate title with victory at Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid are champions of Spain after victory at Athletic Bilbao last night.

Gonzalo Higuain smashed home a superb 16th-minute opener after Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier missed horribly from the penalty spot.

But the Portuguese recovered to beautifully create a second for Mesut Ozil in the 20th minute and got on the scoresheet himself five minutes after the break with a simple header from Ozil's corner, his 44th league goal of yet another prolific season.

The win kept Madrid seven points ahead of Barcelona with two games to go, Barca's 4-1 win over Malaga earlier this evening merely delaying the celebrations of a 32nd title by a matter of hours.

Coach Jose Mourinho said: “We have to celebrate this championship. We have to continue working after tomorrow because next season will also be tough and we have games to play still in this campaign. This team deserves even more emotion and affection, and I expect the Bernabeu to give it to them in our match against Mallorca.”

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