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Real Madrid 3-2 Valencia

Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Valencia
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 33 league goals this season

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid held on to beat Valencia 3-2 and keep their La Liga title hopes alive.

Real's victory moved them into second place with one game to go, still one point behind leaders Barcelona, who routed Espanyol 5-0.

Atletico Madrid's 2-1 loss at Levante means only Real and Barca can prevail.

Ronaldo's goals either side of a Karim Benzema strike made it 3-1, but Andre Gomes' goal added to Rodrigo's earlier effort to make it a nervy finish.

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Alvaro Arbeloa
Former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa, 33, is ending a second spell at Real Madrid

Defending champions Barca will take the title if the teams finish level on points thanks to their superior head-to-head record.

Ronaldo took his goal tally for the season to 49 with two excellent finishes, firing low into the net from 20 yards with his right foot to give Real the lead half-way through the first half.

After Rodrigo had pulled one back early in the second half, Ronaldo then restored Real's two-goal advantage as he ran clear to beat Diego Alves with a left-foot shot.

The hosts' cause was aided when goalscorer Rodrigo was dismissed on 83 minutes.

Who is standing in Real Madrid's way?

Barcelona have the destiny of the title in their own hands but should they drop points at Granada, Real will secure their first championship since 2012 with a win at Deportivo de La Coruna.

Deportivo would still have been in relegation danger going into the last day but for a 2-0 win at Villarreal on Sunday.

However, that was only their second league win in 21 games.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Casilla
  • 23Danilo
  • 2Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 8Kroos
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 52mins
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 18VázquezSubstituted forJeséat 76'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forKovacicat 65'minutes
  • 7RonaldoSubstituted forArbeloaat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pepe
  • 6Nacho
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 20Jesé
  • 22Isco
  • 31Yáñez

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 19Barragán
  • 5Mustafi
  • 23AbdennourSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 45'minutes
  • 6SiqueiraBooked at 39mins
  • 10Parejo
  • 15PérezBooked at 13minsSubstituted forPiattiat 86'minutes
  • 18Fuego MartínezBooked at 69mins
  • 2Cavaco CanceloSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 45'minutesBooked at 43mins
  • 9Alcácer
  • 17RodrigoBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 3Nunes Vezo
  • 7Negredo
  • 11Piatti
  • 12Barbosa da Silva
  • 21André Gomes
  • 22Mina Lorenzo
  • 25Ryan
Referee:
David José Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
68,903

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Valencia 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Valencia 2.

Attempt blocked. Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Pablo Piatti (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

Attempt missed. Santi Mina (Valencia) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Parejo.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Álvaro Arbeloa.

Javi Fuego (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Pablo Piatti replaces Enzo Pérez.

Dismissal

Rodrigo (Valencia) is shown the red card.

Rodrigo (Valencia).

(Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, Valencia 2. André Gomes (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Parejo following a corner.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

Attempt saved. Rodrigo (Valencia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santi Mina with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Lucas Vázquez because of an injury.

Attempt missed. André Gomes (Valencia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Santi Mina.

Paco Alcácer (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Enzo Pérez.

Attempt saved. Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Antonio Barragán.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

Attempt saved. Paco Alcácer (Valencia) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Guilherme Siqueira with a cross.

Booking

Javi Fuego (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Javi Fuego (Valencia).

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Enzo Pérez (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia).

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic replaces Karim Benzema.

Attempt missed. André Gomes (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Parejo.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Danilo.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 8th May 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona372845109298088
2Real Madrid372764108347487
3Atl Madrid37274661184385
4Villarreal371810944331164
5Celta Vigo37179115157-660
6Ath Bilbao371781255441159
7Sevilla371410135047352
8Malaga371112143434045
9Real Sociedad37129164448-445
10Las Palmas37128174449-544
11Valencia371111154647-144
12Eibar371110164757-1043
13Dep La Coruña37818114559-1442
14Real Betis371012153251-1942
15Espanyol37117193672-3640
16Granada37109184666-2039
17Getafe3799193665-2936
18Sporting Gijón3799193862-2436
19Rayo Vallecano37811184972-2335
20Levante3788213667-3132
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