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Real Madrid on top of Spanish La Liga

Real Madrid leads Spanish Primera Division, Barca second

After defeating Celta Vigo on Wednesday, Real Madrid is in first place in the Spanish Primera Division with 90 points after 37 matches played. Real Madrid’s arch rivals Barcelona are in second with 87 points, Atletico Madrid are in third with 75 points, and Sevilla are in fourth with 69 points.

Match Report

Real Madrid 4-1 Celta Vigo

Real Madrid goals: Ronaldo 10’min, 48’min; Benzema 70’min; Kroos 88’min
Celta Vigo goal: Guidetti 60’min

Record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid to victory against Celta Vigo. CR 7 took his tally to 24 goals in 29 La Liga games this season as he broke Jimmy Greaves' 46-year European scoring record and titan Spain club Real Madrid moved within a point of their first Spanish Primera Division title since 2012. Ronaldo’s goals for both Manchester United and Real Madrid saw him pass ex-Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and West Ham striker Greaves. Next Real will clinch the La Liga title and trophy with a draw or win at Primera Division mid-table Malaga on Sunday.

La Liga arch-rivals Barcelona must win their final game at home against Eibar and hope Zinedine Zidane's side lose to win the 2016-17 title.In the event that the giant teams finish level on points then defending La Liga champions Barcelona will win a third-straight title because of their superior head-to-head record. "The most difficult part is still to come even though we're getting closer to the title every day," Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said. After Madrid lost 3-2 in a dramatic El Clasico at the Nou Camp in April, this match has been considered key in the Spanish title and trophy race.

Real Madrid have won six-straight games since their Nou Camp defeat, keeping the La Liga title race in their own hands. Prior to Wednesday's match, FC Barcelona had finished every game week on top of La Liga following El Clasico but were well aware that Zinedine Zidane's side could overtake them with a positive result against mid-table Celta. Ronaldo was instrumental in securing the crucial win against Celta Vigo. The scoreline indicated a comfortable away victory for Real, however, the visitors were challenged by a home side who created chances for themselves that could easily have changed the score. However Celta were no match Ronaldo's clinical finishing and when Iago Aspas was sent off for two bookings, the second for diving, Celta’s chances looked over.  

Ronaldo, 31, sent Madrid ahead as he opened the scoring against Celta Vigo with his 367th career goal in one of Europe's top-five leagues, going past the mark set by former England striker Greaves in 1971. Ronaldo slotted in a second and, after John Guidetti gave 10-man Celta some hope with their only goal of the match, Karim Benzema, and Toni Kroos sealed it. Guidetti's lucky goal looped off Raphael Varane over Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas, although Celta Viga’s hope was soon dashed seconds later when Benzema converted Marcelo's cross. Kroos scored a security strike with his composed low finish. Real Madrid's original match against Vigo was postponed in February due to storms that damaged Celta's ground and the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos was declared unsafe for match play.

Barcelona have also enjoyed victories every week but Real's relentless form may insure that the Catalan club are likely to defeat Malaga on Sunday. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is not claiming the title yet. “We have one game left but today was very important. We know what we need to do. We need to prepare well and recover from today as we gave so much,” said Zidane. “The first half was end to end and that doesn't suit us, we were much better with the ball in the second and we played a little better. I don't feel like we're the champions yet, we still need to pick up more points and keep on with what we're doing.”

Squads

Celta Vigo
Sergio; Mallo, Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny; Wass, Pablo H, Jozabed; Aspas, Guidetti, Sisto Subs: Villar, Fontas, Pape, Diaz, Beauve, Hjulsager, Gomez

Real Madrid
Navas; Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Coentrao, Morata, Asensio, Lucas, Kovacic

Real Madrid is done rotating players as it goes for Spanish title. Barcelona is trying to win the league title for the third straight time and here is no more rest for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates. CR7 is key in taking Real Madrid to the verge of its first Spanish league title in five years. Ronaldo scored early in each half as Madrid defeated 10-man Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday to retake the league lead from Barcelona and move within a point of winning the title. A win or draw at mid-table Malaga in the final round on Sunday will allow Madrid to lift the trophy and emd its longest title drought in La Liga since the 1980s. "One game to go," said Ronaldo. "We have to keep going until the end."

"We played with a very good attitude, with a lot of determination and personality," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "We knew that the three points were the most important thing, but we went out there to play, the win was only a consequence." The victory at Celta in a game postponed from February because of bad weather gave Madrid a three-point lead over Barcelona, which hosts eighth-place Eibar in its final match on Sunday. The Catalan club still has hope of winning its third straight title if Real Madrid loses.

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