Ronaldo double puts Real on verge of title
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice at Celta Vigo to ensure Real Madrid need just a point from their weekend game at Malaga to win the LaLiga title for the first time in five years.
Ronaldo, who in reaching 368 league goals for a top European club overtook Jimmy Greaves in the all-time scorers list, struck early in each half as Real held Celta at arm's length to claim a 4-1 victory.
Celta's star man Iago Aspas was sent off, but John Guidetti managed to make some amends for his late miss at Old Trafford last week with a response after the hour mark, but Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos made sure to protect Real's three-point haul.
Real head to Malaga on Sunday three points clear of Barcelona, who will retain their crown if they beat Eibar and Real lose on the south coast - on head to head.
Ronaldo put the visitors ahead 10 minutes into this rescheduled clash, picking up the ball in what seemed like an unthreatening position but firing an unstoppable left-footed drive past Sergio Alvarez.
Celta created plenty of opportunities, but three minutes into the second period Ronaldo doubled the lead after receiving a clever pass from Isco, and Celta were further wounded when Aspas saw red for a second booking.
Guidetti cut the gap with a deft finish from a Pione Sisto assist.
Any joy was short-lived, however, as Benzema re-established Real's two-goal lead with a final touch on Marcelo's ball on 70 minutes.
Kroos claimed the fourth when Benzema exploited a mistake by Facundo Roncaglia.
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