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Ronaldo injury worries as Madrid closes with win

Ronaldo injury fears as Real Madrid ends La Liga season with win before Champions League final

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira from Germany, right, duels for the ball with Espanyol's Hector Moreno from Mexico during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at ...
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale from Wales gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium ...

Spain Soccer La Liga

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira from Germany, right, duels for the ball with Espanyol's Hector Moreno from Mexico during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at ...

Spain Soccer La Liga

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale from Wales gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium ...

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid close its Spanish league season with a victory that was tempered by concerns over the health of Cristiano Ronaldo before the Champions League final.

Ronaldo was expected to play in the 3-1 win over Espanyol but came off during pre-match warmups. The Portugal forward continues to be bothered by a leg muscle problem.

Bale scored in the 64th minute before teammate Alvaro Morata's late pair around a goal by Espanyol's Luis "Pizzi" Afonso. The game also saw Madrid striker Karim Benzema limp off clutching his left hamstring.

Madrid plays city rival Atletico Madrid for the European title on May 24.

Later Saturday, Atletico and Barcelona compete for the title with leader Atletico able to secure its first title in 18 years by avoiding defeat.

Barcelona must win to retain the trophy.


Updated : 2021-08-03 10:04 GMT+08:00