Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Celta Vigo as the in-form Real Madrid talisman fittingly took Zinedine Zidane’s men to within a point of the league title.
Madrid went into the match knowing that four points from their final two LaLiga games would guarantee them the crown regardless of Barcelona’s efforts and they successfully passed their first test in an expert manner in Galicia.
It proved to be a strong start by the visitors and they found themselves ahead early on thanks to their Portuguese superstar, who scored his 370th and 371st career league goals to overtake Jimmy Greaves as the most prolific player to grace Europe’s top five domestic divisions, 368 of those coming in Spain and England.
There were not too many other opportunities for the away fans to get excited about in the first period, but Ronaldo made Celta pay for their wastefulness with a second just after the break, rounding off a devastating counter-attack.
Celta’s – and Barcelona’s – hopes seemed to be dashed when Iago Aspas was controversially dismissed for diving just after the hour, but the hosts’ response was excellent, as John Guidetti clawed one back.
But Madrid stepped up another gear shortly after, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos wrapping things up, meaning they only need to draw at Malaga in their final game of the season to lift their 33rd LaLiga title.
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