Leonte relegated after losing 6-0 to Real Madrid. ProIQRA News

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MADRID (Reuters) – Leonte was knocked out of La Liga after a 6-0 defeat to champions Real Madrid, with Venice Jr. scoring a hat-trick.

Bottom club Leonte needed to win to keep their chances of survival dwindling, but against a formidable Real, that hope was soon dashed.

Real, who will face Liverpool in the Champions League final later this month, went ahead through goals from Ferland Mandy before goals from Karim Benzema and Rodrigo to level the score at 3-0.

Vinicius opened his account just before the break before adding two more to condemn Leonte’s drop in the second half as he suffered his 19th defeat of the season.

Mandy opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a quick counterattack by Luka Modric before Benzema extended his lead 6 minutes later by heading to the Veniceus cross.

It was Benzema’s 44th goal in all competitions this season as he equaled Real Madrid’s second-ranked Raul Gonzalez with 323 goals.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo is ahead of them with 451 goals.

The Frenchman has a career-best La Liga goal scorer with 27 goals.

Rodrygo scored the third goal with a close range strike after great support from Modric, who also became the provider for Vinicius’ first goal.

Venezia scored on Benzema’s cross in the 68th minute before Brazil sealed the victory for Real with a strike close to seven minutes into the day.

Real Madrid could have scored more as Federico Valverde fired two shots from the bar.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti told a news conference: “We are well on our way to this moment, our confidence is high and the team is enjoying their game.

“The challenge now is for us to stay focused and keep the momentum going between winning La Liga early and playing Liverpool in the Champions League final.

“The team gave very good signals today, played with rhythm and intensity. That’s what we wanted, more intensity.”

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