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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.

Relive how the title race developed

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.


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


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

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamValencia
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Valencia 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Valencia 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Álvaro Arbeloa.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia. Pablo Piatti replaces Enzo Pérez.

  13. Dismissal

    Rodrigo (Valencia) is shown the red card.

  14. Post update

    Rodrigo (Valencia).

  15. Post update

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

  16. 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.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

  20. Substitution

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 8th May 2016

As It Stood

2Real Madrid372764108347487
3Atl Madrid37274661184385
5Celta Vigo37179115157-660
6Ath Bilbao371781255441159
9Real Sociedad37129164448-445
10Las Palmas37128174449-544
13Dep La Coruña37818114559-1442
14Real Betis371012153251-1942
18Sporting Gijón3799193862-2436
19Rayo Vallecano37811184972-2335
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