MADRID/MUNICH: Real Madrid and Bayern Munich both emerged victories from their domestic tests ahead of their Champions League semi-final return in the Estadio Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Madrid, who lead 2-1 from last week’s first leg in Germany, defeated Leganes 2-1 at home with a weakened team.
Coach Zinedine rested top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, captain Sergio Ramos and central defender Rafael Varane which provided an opportunity of action for Gareth Bale,
The Welshman responded by scoring an acrobatic opener after four minutes and Borja Mayoral added a second just on half-time. Leganes, who reduced the deficit through Darko Brasanac, had midfielder Gabriel sent off after the final whistle by referee Ignacio Iglesias for dissent.
Barcelona secured the LaLiga title with a 4-2 win over Depor inspired by a hat-trick from Lionel Messi.
In Germany champions Bayern Munich coasted to a 4-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, managed by their soon-to-be new manager Niko Kovac.
Niklas Dorsch opened the scoring from Sandro Wagner’s assist shortly before half-time, with Wagner adding a second after 76 minutes. Sebastien Haller immediately pulled one back for Frankfurt, but Rafinha struck three minutes from time and then set up another for Niklas Sule in stoppage time.
** Sevilla have sacked Italian coach Vincenzo Montella and reappointed former manager Joaquin Caparros until the end of the season. Montella suffered an eighth Liga defeat in 17 games since succeeding Eduardo Berizzo in December when Sevilla lost 2-1 at struggling Levante on Friday.