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La-Liga, Soccer

Ronaldo fires Real to brink of title

Real Madrid moved to within one point of winning La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to beat Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo wheels away in celebration after opening the scoring for Real Madrid against Celta Vigo

The European champions lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now need to just avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to secure their first league title in five years.

“We will go there to win the game,” insisted Ronaldo. “We are Real Madrid, we are the best and we want to be champions.”

Once again Ronaldo made the difference as he took his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games with early strikes in each half.

Iago Aspas was then controversially sent-off when he saw a second yellow card for diving, but Celta halved the arrears through John Guidetti’s deflected effort.

However, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos rounded off the scoring to keep Madrid on course for a La Liga and Champions League double.

Ronaldo should have completed yet another hat-trick when he somehow managed to fire wide with the goal gaping before he was replaced with six minutes remaining.

Even without him, though, Madrid continued to stream forward and Kroos rounded off the scoring with a cool turn and finish two minutes from time.

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