Friday 28 April 2017

Gutsy Real strike late

Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid reacts after scoring the second goal during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid at Estadio de la Ceramica in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Fotopress/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid reacts after scoring the second goal during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid at Estadio de la Ceramica in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Fotopress/Getty Images)

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both scored as Real Madrid staged a remarkable late comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Villarreal and stay top of La Liga last night.

Substitute Alvaro Morata got the winner in the 83rd minute to complete a 19-minute turnaround that keeps Zinedine Zidane's side on course for their first La Liga triumph since 2012.

Real are top on 55 points, one ahead of Barcelona who beat Atletico Madrid 2-1, and three clear of Sevilla, while Zidane's side have a game in hand on both of their title rivals.

Lionel Messi had to come to Barca's rescue for the second time in a week by snatching an 87th-minute winner to give his side a barely-deserved win yesterday which temporarily took the champions ahead of Real at the top.

Rafinha put Luis Enrique's side ahead against the run of play in the 63rd minute but Diego Godin nodded in Koke's free-kick to level in the 70th.

In Germany, Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as the Bundesliga leaders obliterated Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday as coach Carlo Ancelotti celebrated his 1,000th game as boss.

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