Real Madrid v Real Mallorca
Real Madrid heads into its final game of the La Liga season against Real Mallorca well aware that a victory will assure them the title for the first time in four years.
The Spanish Premiera Liga had a dramatic final two minutes on Saturday, which means that the final round of this season will see three teams in the hunt to claim the title. Real Madrid's hopes of winning its first league title looked to be all but over, with the team trailing Real Zaragoza 1-2 with just 2 minutes to score, while at Nou Camp, Barcelona were comfortably leading rivals Espanyol 2-1.
However Rudd Van Nistelrooy once again came to Los Merengues' rescue by scoring the equalizer two minutes before the final whistle. And with Raul Tamudo scoring Espanyol's equalizer in the 89th minute at Nou Camp, both the teams are in the hunt for the league title as they head into the final round of the season.
Real Madrid are in the driver's seat knowing that they will be crowned as champions if they manage to beat Mallorca on 17th, even if Barcelona win its match against relegated Gimnastic. Since it has a better head-to-head record against Barcelona in the league, Madrid will be placed above the Catalan rivals if both the teams finish on same points.
David Beckham will be playing his last match in a Real Madrid shirt before heading across the Atlantic to join his new club LA Galaxy. The last six months have been dramatic in nature for the former England captain. Axed from the national team and with Capello stating in January that Beckham will not play for Madrid again, things were looking very bleak for the 31-year old.
Beckham however did not lose hope and kept his head down and worked hard in training. Impressed by his professionalism, Capello accepted his mistake and recalled Beckham back into the team. The English international has played a pivotal role in Madrid's run of 9 wins in 11 matches. Last week he was recalled to the England squad by Steve McClaren to face Brazil and Estonia.
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is making some noises about the possibility of Beckham staying with Real Madrid by activating an escape clause in the contract. However those close to the England midfielder insist that there is no such clause and even if there were one, Beckham would not think of using it since he is totally committed to his new club.
The title race will not be a two horse race though. Sevilla might just sneak past both Real Madrid and Barcelona to win its first title since 1946. Sevilla is currently on 71 points, two behind both Madrid and Barcelona, and can win the title if the top two teams slip up and it manages to win against Villarreal.
Tags: Real Madrid, La Liga, Real Mallorca, David Beckham, LA Galaxy