Ronaldo fires Real to brink of title

Ronaldo - In stunning shape

Ronaldo – In stunning shape

REAL Madrid moved to within one point of winning La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to beat Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday.

The European champions lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now need to just avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to secure their first league title in five years.

“We will go there to win the game,” insisted Ronaldo. “We are Real Madrid, we are the best and we want to be champions.”

Once again Ronaldo made the difference as he took his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games with early strikes in each half.

Iago Aspas was then controversially sent-off when he saw a second yellow card for diving, but Celta halved the arrears through John Guidetti’s deflected effort.

However, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos rounded off the scoring to keep Madrid on course for a La Liga and Champions League double.

“We played with incredible attitude and personality,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

Ronaldo was starting his first La Liga game away from home for nearly two months as in contrast to recent weeks, Zidane did not rotate his starting XI.

The Frenchman went with the same side that withstood an Atletico Madrid revival to book their place in the Champions League final a week ago.

And he was rewarded early on as Marcelo fed Isco and after he was dispossessed on the edge of the area, Ronaldo smashed the loose ball high into the net.

“He has managed things very well,” Ronaldo added on Zidane.

“I feel good. Everything is decided in the final weeks of the season and I am doing well. I am scoring goals and helping the team.”

Celta have now lost eight of their last nine La Liga games having concentrated on their run to the Europa League semi-finals that was ended by Manchester United last week. – AFP

 

 

 

 

 

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