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Real celebrations on hold

Real Madrid stayed on course for their first Primera Division title in four years as they cantered to a 3-0 win over Sevilla.

But Barcelona's 7-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in last night's late kick-off means the title race will run at least into midweek, with Madrid still seven points clear of their arch-rivals with three games remaining.

Madrid will officially be crowned Spanish champions for the 32nd time if they defeat Athletic Bilbao in Wednesday's 36th round of fixtures.

Madrid certainly looked in the mood to get the job done against Sevilla yetserday -- even more so given the pain of their Champions League exit to Bayern Munich in midweek -- and took the lead after 19 minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 57th goal of the season. Karim Benzema then settled matters by scoring twice, after 48 and 52 minutes.

Lionel Messi started and finished the scoring for Barca, the Catalan's other goals coming from a Pedro Rodriguez brace, Seydou Keita, Thiago and a Robert own goal.

Malaga moved level with Valencia in third as Nacho Camacho's header secured a 1-0 win at La Rosaleda.

Radamel Falcao struck a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a point for Atletico Madrid in a 2-2 draw at Real Betis.

And Real Zaragoza kept alive their chances of survival with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Edu Oriol and Apono.


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