Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ronaldo keeps Real in hunt

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two long-range goals to help Real Madrid rout Osasuna 4-0 last night and stay in the La Liga title chase – while resting several first-choice players for Tuesday's Champions League clash at Bayern Munich.

With Gareth Bale recovering from the flu and Karim Benzema on the bench, all of Madrid's attack went through Ronaldo on the left flank. And the Ballon d'Or winner didn't disappoint, unleashing two similar blasts after cutting inside onto his right boot to take his league-leading tally to 30 goals through 35 rounds. Sergio Ramos and Daniel Carvajal also scored.

BAYERN SEND A EURO WARNING

Bayern Munich warmed up for their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with a 5-2 win over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

Bayern trailed twice but scored three goals in a seven-minute span in the second half to put the match away. Franck Ribery scored a goal and played a role in two others as his form finally improved ahead of Tuesday's match against Madrid, who hold a 1-0 lead from last week's home leg.

FANS HONOUR GERS LEGEND

Rangers collected their Scottish League One trophy following their 3-0 win over Stranraer at Ibrox but celebrations were tinged with sadness following the death of club legend Sandy Jardine.

The former Gers and Scotland full-back lost his battle with cancer on Thursday night at the age of 65, and before the game there was a minute's silence in tribute, with the players of both sides wearing black armbands.

Goals from Fraser Aird, Arnold Peralta and Dean Shiels kept Ally McCoist's side unbeaten in the league with one game of the campaign remaining.

GRABBAN ENDS FOREST'S HOPES

Lewis Grabban netted two goals to end Nottingham Forest's fading play-off hopes as Bournemouth beat Gary Brazil's side 4-1 at Goldsands in the Championship.

The striker scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season as fellow forward Yann Kermorgant also bagged a brace for the Cherries.

Halford grabbed a consolation for Forest midway through the second half, as Bournemouth's play-off dreams were also ended by other results.

WIGAN ROCKED BY BLACKPOOL

Blackpool earned a priceless victory in their fight against the drop as they shocked play-off chasing Wigan 2-0 in the Championship.

The Latics could have booked their place in the top six with a victory, but Uwe Rosler's men were below-par across the board and squandered an excellent opportunity to take the lead when Martyn Waghorn saw his penalty saved midway through the first half. Goals after half-time from Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie sealed victory for the visitors, who completed a double over their Lancashire rivals.

IPSWICH MISS PLAY-OFF SPOT

Ipswich's play-off hopes ended at Turf Moor as Michael Kightly's second-half goal was enough to hand Burnley a 1-0 Championship victory.

The Tractor Boys needed to win to keep their play-off chances alive, and headed into half-time level with already-promoted Burnley.

However, their promotion hopes vanished when Kightly grabbed his third goal in as many weeks – and it proved to be the winner and the Clarets secured the double over Ipswich.

BERBATOV PUTS PARTY ON HOLD

Paris St Germain were kept waiting for their second successive Ligue 1 title after a double from Dimitar Berbatov helped second-placed Monaco crush bottom club Ajaccio 4-1 yesterday.

Two second-half goals from Berbatov, an 88th-minute effort by Geoffrey Kondogbia and Lucas Ocampos' injury-time coup de grace led the visitors to victory, while Junior Tallo replied with a consolation goal for already-relegated Ajaccio.

Laurent Blanc's PSG can clinch the title with a win at third from bottom Sochaux today.

PSG, who won the French League Cup by beating Olympique Lyon 2-1 last Saturday, have 82 points with four games remaining. Monaco are seven points adrift with three matches to go.

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