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Real Madrid cruise and suffering continues for Tony Adams’s Granada

Tony Adams expected his already relegated team to be defeated by title-chasing Real Madrid, and heavily too, but he must have harboured hopes that their resistance would last a little longer than this. A goal down after 140 seconds and two down after 10 minutes, Adams made the first substitution eight minutes later but it did not stem the bleeding. They trailed 3-0 on half an hour and it was four by the time the clock said 35, Granada beaten yet again. A solitary point in 11 games tells the sorry story of a side set for the second division.

For Zinedine Zidane there was satisfaction. He made nine changes to the side that defeated Atlético Madrid and, yet again, his “B team” responded. Victory was never in doubt, Madrid edging closer to winning a first league title in five years. They remain level with Barcelona but a game in hand means two wins and a draw, against Sevilla at home and Celta Vigo and Málaga away, would be enough. A league and European double beckons too, 59 years later. “We have three ‘finals’ left, plus a fourth in Europe to maybe reach the final [itself]; we know what we have to do,” Zidane said.

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