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Celta Vigo 1-4 Real Madrid

Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo to close on title
Cristiano Ronaldo took his tally to 24 goals in 29 La Liga games this season

Cristiano Ronaldo broke Jimmy Greaves' 46-year European scoring record as Real Madrid moved within a point of their first Spanish title since 2012.

Ronaldo, 31, fired Madrid ahead with his 367th goal in one of Europe's top-five leagues, eclipsing the mark set by former England striker Greaves in 1971.

Ronaldo slotted in a second and, after John Guidetti gave 10-man Celta hope, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos sealed it.

Real will clinch La Liga with a draw at mid-table Malaga on Sunday.

Rivals Barcelona must win their final game at home to Eibar and hope Zinedine Zidane's side lose.

If the teams finish level on points then defending champions Barca will claim a third-straight title because of their superior head-to-head record.

"The most difficult part is still to come even though we're getting closer to the title every day," Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said.

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Record-breaking Ronaldo leads Madrid to victory

Ever since Madrid lost 3-2 in a dramatic El Clasico at the Nou Camp in April, this game has been seen as pivotal in the Spanish title race.

Up until Wednesday's match, Barca had finished every game week top of La Liga following El Clasico, but knew Zinedine Zidane's side would overhaul them with a positive result at mid-table Celta.

And it was unsurprising that Ronaldo was instrumental. His goals for both Manchester United and Madrid saw him pass ex-Chelsea, Tottenham, AC Milan and West Ham striker Greaves.

Selected leading European goalscorers (league goals)
366Jimmy Greaves (Chelsea, AC Milan, Tottenham, West Ham)
365Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich)
346Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
317Steve Bloomer (Derby, Middlesbrough)
310Dixie Dean (Tranmere, Everton, Notts County)

Even though the scoreline suggested a comfortable away win, the visitors were pushed by a home side who created chances without taking them.

Celta were punished by Ronaldo's clinical finishing and when Iago Aspas was sent off for two bookings - the second, rather harshly, for diving - their chances looked over.

Guidetti's fluky strike looped off Raphael Varane and over keeper Keylor Navas to give them hope, although that was dashed seconds later when Benzema converted Marcelo's cross.

And, after Ronaldo missed a sitter for his hat-trick, Kroos made sure with a composed low finish.

Celta Vigo
Madrid's original trip to Vigo was postponed in February after storms damaged Celta's ground and the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos was declared unsafe

Any hope for Barca?

Madrid have won six-straight games since their Nou Camp defeat, therefore keeping the title race in their own hands.

Barcelona have matched them every week with victories of their own, but Real's relentless form means the Catalan club are now relying on Malaga to do them a favour on Sunday.

However, there is one result that gives Barca hope of their title rivals slipping up... their own defeat at Malaga on 8 April.

Neymar was sent off as a 2-0 defeat hampered Luis Enrique's hopes of leaving the Nou Camp with another league title on his CV.

'I don't feel like we're champions yet' - reaction

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

We have one game left but today was very important. We know what we need to do. We need to prepare well and recover from today as we gave so much.

The first half was end to end and that doesn't suit us, we were much better with the ball in the second and we played a little better.

I don't feel like we're the champions yet, we still need to pick up more points and keep on with what we're doing.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

  • 1Álvarez
  • 2MalloBooked at 73mins
  • 24Roncaglia
  • 22Cabral
  • 19Castro OttoBooked at 64mins
  • 18Wass
  • 8HernándezBooked at 85mins
  • 10Iago AspasBooked at 62mins
  • 16Sánchez RuizSubstituted forDíazat 72'minutes
  • 11SistoSubstituted forDiop Gueyeat 80'minutes
  • 9GuidettiBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBeauvueat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fontàs Prat
  • 4Diop Gueye
  • 5Díaz
  • 12Beauvue
  • 17Hjulsager
  • 20Gómez
  • 27Villar

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 23Danilo
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 85mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19Modric
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 30minsSubstituted forKovacicat 71'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 22IscoSubstituted forVázquezat 84'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7RonaldoSubstituted forAsensioat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 15Fábio Coentrão
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Morata
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
18,740

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 4.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonny.

Foul by Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo).

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

Foul by Claudio Beauvue (Celta de Vigo).

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

Attempt blocked. Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Wass with a cross.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Jonny (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Pape Cheikh.

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 4. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Foul by Facundo Roncaglia (Celta de Vigo).

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Claudio Beauvue replaces John Guidetti.

Booking

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Pablo Hernández (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Pape Cheikh replaces Pione Sisto.

Foul by John Guidetti (Celta de Vigo).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Pablo Hernández (Celta de Vigo) because of an injury.

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

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Álvarez.

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wass (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcelo Díaz.

Foul by Jonny (Celta de Vigo).

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

Booking

Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Marcelo Díaz replaces Jozabed.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 17th May 2017

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid372863104416390
2Barcelona372764112357787
3Atl Madrid37229667264175
4Sevilla37209864491569
5Villarreal371810953322164
6Ath Bilbao371961252401263
7Real Sociedad37196125751663
8Eibar37159135447754
9Alavés371412114042-254
10Espanyol371411124749-253
11Malaga371210154953-446
12Valencia37137175562-746
13Celta Vigo37135195167-1644
14Las Palmas37109185371-1839
15Real Betis37108193962-2338
16Leganés37810193554-1934
17Deportivo La Coruña37712184061-2133
18Sporting Gijón3779214070-3030
19Osasuna37410234089-4922
20Granada3748252980-5120
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