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Madrid wins with Ronaldo rested for Champions League semis

Leganes' Unai Bustinza, top, out jumps Real Madrid players during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Berna...
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, right, shoots the ball next to Leganes' Dimitrios Siovas during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Lega...
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Leganes during a Spanish La Liga soccer match betw...
Real Madrid's Theo Hernandez, right, challenges Leganes' Darko Brasanac during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the S...
Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic, left, vies for the ball with Leganes' Nabil El Zhar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes...
Real Madrid's Borja Mayoral, right, challenges Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes a...
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, left, tussles for the ball with Leganes' Diego Rico during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes a...
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, centre, vies for the ball with Leganes' Darko Brasanac, left, and Joseba Zaldua during a Spanish La Liga soccer match bet...

Leganes' Unai Bustinza, top, out jumps Real Madrid players during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Berna...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, right, shoots the ball next to Leganes' Dimitrios Siovas during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Lega...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Leganes during a Spanish La Liga soccer match betw...

Real Madrid's Theo Hernandez, right, challenges Leganes' Darko Brasanac during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the S...

Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic, left, vies for the ball with Leganes' Nabil El Zhar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes...

Real Madrid's Borja Mayoral, right, challenges Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes a...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, left, tussles for the ball with Leganes' Diego Rico during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes a...

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, centre, vies for the ball with Leganes' Darko Brasanac, left, and Joseba Zaldua during a Spanish La Liga soccer match bet...

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid rested Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters for the Champions League and still got the win it needed to stay in contention for second place in the Spanish league.

Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral scored first-half goals as Madrid defeated Leganes 2-1 on Saturday to move within a point of second-place Atletico Madrid, which plays at Alaves on Sunday.

Ronaldo and captain Sergio Ramos weren't included for the match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, while Marcelo, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez stayed on the bench.

Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in Germany last week to take the edge going into Tuesday's second leg of the Champions League semifinals at the Bernabeu.

Madrid is trying to return to the European final for the fourth time in five seasons. It has won the title three times in the last four years.

Barcelona needs a draw at relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday to win its third La Liga in four seasons.

Darko Brasanac scored midway through the second half for Leganes, which earlier this season eliminated Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

The southern Madrid club dropped to 16th in the 20-team standings and is not fully clear of relegation with three matches left.

Madrid has a game in hand, at Sevilla.

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Updated : 2020-11-30 04:45 GMT+08:00