Spanish La Liga
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By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Real Madrid concede late equaliser at Real Valladolid

Real Madrid's treble ambitions appear to be over as a late equaliser for struggling Real Valladolid dented their hopes of winning the Spanish title.

Defender Sergio Ramos put Madrid ahead with a powerful 25-yard free-kick into the roof of the home net.

But without injured duo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who was substituted after nine minutes, the visitors lacked genuine attacking threat.

And they were punished when substitute Humberto Osorio headed a late leveller.

Champions League finalists Real, who won the Copa Del Rey by beating Barcelona last month, will be eliminated from the title race if leaders Atletico Madrid beat visitors Malaga on Sunday.

Osorio's late intervention was another dramatic twist in a captivating Spanish season which sees Carlo Ancelotti's men trail Atletico by four points with two rounds of matches remaining.

And the destination of the title appears to be going down to a tantalising final-day clash between second-placed Barcelona and Atletico at the former's Nou Camp stadium on 18 May.

Atletico, who are targeting their first La Liga since 1996, are three points ahead of defending champions Barca.

The Catalan club could pip Atletico on their head-to-head record, which is used to separate Spanish top-flight sides if they finish level on points, if they beat Diego Simeone's men.

La Liga title run-in
Atletico MadridReal MadridBarcelona
10-11 MayMalaga (H)Celta Vigo (A)Elche (A)
18 MayBarcelona (A)Espanyol (H)Atl. Madrid (H)

Barca boss Gerardo Martino thought his side's ambitions were over following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Getafe, only to see them revived by a stuttering Real side, who also failed to beat Valencia on Sunday.

After seeing Portugal superstar Ronaldo trudge off with an early injury, Madrid struggled to penetrate the Valladolid defence without the pacy attacking threat of the Ballon d'Or winner and Bale, who Ancelotti said was absent with an unspecified "knock".

Without the pair, Ramos stepped up to score his fifth goal in 10 days with a perfectly-executed free-kick on his 400th appearance for Madrid and just days after the birth of his first child.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos had scored just once for Real Madrid this season before netting five in 10 days

Real continued to control possession after the break, but rather than going for the killer second, they seemed content to maintain their slender advantage.

But that only served to give confidence to Valladolid, who seemingly extinguished Real's title ambitions when Colombian forward Osorio powerfully nodded Alvario Rubio's right-wing corner past the recalled Iker Casillas, who had no chance of saving it.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti:

"We had the game controlled. We didn't have the mental energy to finish these games. There were mistakes in these last two games.

"It's going to be very difficult to win the title."

Real Madrid goalscorer Sergio Ramos:

"It is practically gone now but while there is a mathematical chance then Madrid are obliged to keep going. It has been a long season and it takes its toll on the body."

Line-ups

Real Valladolid

  • 1Jiménez MerloBooked at 90mins
  • 2Rukavina
  • 17Peña
  • 22Pérez AlonsoSubstituted forBarajaat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Valiente
  • 15MitrovicBooked at 89mins
  • 24Suárez BermúdezSubstituted forOsorio Botelloat 73'minutes
  • 18Rubio
  • 9Guerra Rodríguez
  • 10González MarcosSubstituted forLarssonat 64'minutes
  • 21BergdichBooked at 26mins

Substitutes

  • 6Rueda
  • 7Osorio Botello
  • 8Baraja
  • 11Larsson
  • 13Mariño
  • 14Ramos Suárez
  • 16Sastre Reus

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 18Nacho
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 14Alonso
  • 3PepeBooked at 80mins
  • 4Ramos
  • 19Modric
  • 23IscoBooked at 27minsSubstituted forIllarramendiat 73'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMarceloat 77'minutes
  • 22Di María
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forMorataat 9'minutesBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 6Khedira
  • 12Marcelo
  • 16Casemiro
  • 21Morata
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 25López
  • 38Llorente
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
22,013

Match Stats

Home TeamReal ValladolidAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home6
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Valladolid 1, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Valladolid 1, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi with a cross.

  4. Booking

    Jaime (Real Valladolid) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Carlos Peña (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pepe with a headed pass.

  8. Booking

    Javier Baraja (Real Valladolid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Javier Baraja (Real Valladolid).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Pepe is caught offside.

  12. Booking

    Stefan Mitrovic (Real Valladolid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Mitrovic (Real Valladolid).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Rukavina.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Real Valladolid 1, Real Madrid 1. Osorio (Real Valladolid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Javier Baraja with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Real Valladolid. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

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