Ronaldo could take Madrid to brink of title in Celta Vigo

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

Real remain in the driving seat after the European champions saw off Sevilla 4-1 as they have two games remaining to Barca's one.

Zidane kept regular starters such as Karim Benzema, Casemiro and Luka Modric out of the starting lineup against Sevilla on Sunday, when Madrid won 4-1.

The 32-year-old's tap-in from six yards was one of the easier of his goals but his second - a strike from a tricky angle just inside the box - matched the occasion.

Leganes' draw and the point claimed by Deportivo La Coruna in Villarreal means that Sporting Gijon are relegated to the second division despite a 1-0 win away to Eibar thanks to a first half goal from Burgui.

"It is a long road". "We knew that the three points were the most important thing, but we went out there to play, the win was only a effect".

Shrugging off questions on the futures of James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas, players linked with departures from Madrid by reports in Spain, Zidane said the team were focused on the clash in Vigo.

Should Zinedine Zidane's troops prevail over the Europa League semifinalists, they would then just require a point in Malaga to be crowned champions.

At a rocking Santiago Bernabeu Sunday night, Nacho scored an unlikely opening goal as he curled home a quick free-kick with the Sevilla defence caught off guard.

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken yet another incredible record this evening against Celta Vigo, becoming the all-time top scorer in Europe's top five leagues.

Sevilla fired their first warning shot when Stefan Jovetic smashed a shot against the post from the edge of the area.

Three minutes later, Real doubled their lead as Ronaldo slotted home from close range after James Rodriguez's shot was parried into the Portuguese's path. Sevilla were on the back foot for most of the half but they almost pulled a goal back in the 32nd minute when Jovetic's lob crashed against the crossbar.

Stevan Jovetic halved the deficit for a Sevilla side who had the consolation of securing Champions League football next season.

A yellow card tonight would see him miss the final game of the campaign against Malaga on Sunday.

Instead, since Real have scored at least four in three of their last four on the road and Celta have been poor defensively, we're backing Over 3.5 Real Madrid goals. Toni Kroos closed the scoring in the final minutes.

In the Canary Islands, Luis Suarez laid on a splendid pass for Neymar to open the scoring for Barca in the 25th minute and then the Uruguayan capitalised on a through ball from the Brazilian to lob over goalkeeper Javi Varas in the 27th.

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