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Real Madrid clinches winter championship with hard-fought victory over Mallorca

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The LaLiga first half concluded as Real Madrid clinches the winter championship title after a grueling encounter with Mallorca at the iconic Bernabéu stadium.

The decisive moment came in the 78th minute when Antonio Rüdiger’s masterful header from a corner by Luka Modric found the back of the net, securing a 1-0 victory and cementing Real Madrid’s status as winter champions.

Real Madrid entered the match with a strategic lineup, featuring the attacking trio of Vinicius, Bellingham, and Rodrygo, while Tchouaméni joined Rüdiger in the heart of the defense.

Mallorca, aware of Tchouaméni’s potential vulnerabilities, sought to exploit them, creating moments of uncertainty and risky plays for the home team. Despite the challenges, Real Madrid gradually gained control of the game, though breaking through Mallorca’s resilient defense proved to be a formidable task.

Vinicius, making a return to the starting lineup, emerged as the most potent threat for Real Madrid in the first half. Despite two clear opportunities, the Brazilian’s attempts were thwarted by Mallorca’s agile goalkeeper, Rajkovic, eliciting frustration from the passionate Bernabéu crowd.

Mallorca, sticking to their defensive strategy, came close to breaking the deadlock with Antonio Sánchez’s shot hitting the crossbar in the dying moments of the first half, providing a glimpse of the tension that defined the match.

Real Madrid needed a change to secure the victory, prompting Ancelotti to make crucial substitutions. However, Mallorca dominated the early stages of the second half, with a shot hitting the post from Samu. Ancelotti responded by bringing on Brahim for Vinicius and later substituting Kroos with Joselu, opting for a more direct attacking approach.

The turning point arrived in the 78th minute when Rüdiger, an unexpected hero, rose to head home Modric’s corner, sending the Bernabéu into wild celebrations.

Despite Mallorca’s efforts to find an equalizer and Real Madrid’s attempts to control the game, the match concluded with a hard-fought triumph for the home side.

As the final whistle blew, the Bernabéu erupted in joy, celebrating as Real Madrid clinches winter championship of LaLiga, although the victory left lingering questions about the team’s performance in the minds of fans and pundits alike.

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