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Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 396 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions

Real Madrid scored a late winner to beat Valencia and take another step towards the La Liga title.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck early for Real - making him the all-time leading scorer in Europe's top five leagues - but missed a second-half penalty.

Dani Parejo equalised on 82 minutes but Marcelo's late curling effort secured the win.

Real stay second in the table behind Barcelona, who beat Espanyol 3-0 later on Saturday.

However, Real will claim the title if they win each of their remaining four league matches as they have a game in hand on Barca.

Zinedine Zidane made nine changes to the Real side that beat Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 on Wednesday, with Ronaldo and Luke Modric among the returnees.

Ronaldo headed Dani Carvajal's fine cross beyond Diego Alves to record his 20th goal of the La Liga season.

La Liga top six

It was also the Portuguese's 367th league goal, surpassing England, Tottenham and Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves, who scored 366 goals between 1957 and 1971.

The home side increased the pressure after the break, forcing Valencia to concede a penalty after Parejo brought down Modric, but Alves got down quickly to save Ronaldo's low strike.

Real Madrid have not won La Liga since 2012
Real Madrid have not won La Liga since 2012

Parejo's free-kick looked to have ended Valencia's four-match losing streak but Brazilian full-back Marcelo kept his composure to curl the ball beyond Alves from 18 yards out.

Real next face city rivals Atletico on Tuesday in the Champions League semi-finals, while 12th-placed Valencia host bottom-of-the-table Osasuna on Sunday 7 May.

'We'll have to dig in until the end'

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane: "Valencia kept playing their game and we couldn't find the second goal to kill the game off. We're going to have to dig in until the end.

"If you don't finish the game off, you're going to struggle. We had chances to close the game out earlier, so that's something we can still improve on.

"It's true that we had half-an-hour when we slipped into our comfort zone, but that changed after the Valencia goal."

Race for the La Liga title

BarcelonaReal Madrid
6 May: Villarreal (h)6 May: Granada (a)
14 May: Las Palmas (a)14 May: Sevilla (h)
21 May: Eibar (h)21 May: Malaga (a)
Celta Vigo* TBA (a)
* match was postponed in February

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricBooked at 82minsSubstituted forVázquezat 90+3'minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 52mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forAsensioat 66'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 72'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco
  • 23Danilo

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 21Montoya
  • 24GarayBooked at 56mins
  • 5MangalaBooked at 64mins
  • 26Latorre GruesoBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGayáat 86'minutes
  • 18Soler
  • 10ParejoBooked at 21mins
  • 9El Haddadi
  • 15OrellanaSubstituted forBakkaliat 89'minutes
  • 17NaniSubstituted forRodrigoat 70'minutes
  • 22Mina Lorenzo

Substitutes

  • 4Santos
  • 11Bakkali
  • 13Domenech
  • 14Gayá
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 20Medrán
  • 39Valderrama Domenech
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
75,180

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away10

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona352564104337181
2Real Madrid34256392395381
3Atl Madrid35218665254071
4Sevilla34208660402068
5Villarreal35189852282463
6Real Sociedad35194125448661
7Ath Bilbao341851148381059
8Eibar34149115245751
9Espanyol351311114547-250
10Alavés341112113240-845
11Celta Vigo33135154954-544
12Valencia35117175061-1140
13Malaga34109154049-939
14Las Palmas35109165266-1439
15Real Betis34107173753-1637
16Deportivo La Coruña34710173757-2031
17Leganés3479183051-2130
18Sporting Gijón3559213870-3224
19Granada3548232874-4620
20Osasuna3439223582-4718
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