Real Madrid one point away from La Liga title after Celta win

Real Madrid are a single point away from their first La Liga title in five years after their 4-1 victory over 10-men Celta Vigo.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first for Real after just 10 minutes with a left-foot hammer through the legs of Celta keeper Gustavo Carbal, and side-footed another off the post.

After Iago Aspas was sent off for two bookings, John Guidetti’s deflected strike gave Celta hope only for Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos to seal the game for Real.

For Ronaldo, his brace marked his 23rd and 24th La Liga goal of the season, which took him beyond Jimmy Greaves’s all-time record of 366 goals in the top five leagues in Europe that had stood for 46 years and in 68 games less than Greaves did.

“He’s feeling great and he’s shown it again here. He has put in a massive shift and worked really hard defensively too,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane said of the Portuguese forward. “You can tell from the way he’s playing that he’s in very good nick.”

“For a long time now we’ve been saying that the team is in good shape physically and today they’ve proved that.”

Los Blancos could clinch a league and European tournament double for the first time in 59 years if they win against Juventus in Cardiff early next month, but coach Zinedine Zidane maintains that Real had yet to cross the finish line.

“It’s still not decided,” Zinedine Zidane said but on Sunday Madrid go to Málaga where a point will suffice. “There’s still one game to go and we have to get something out of it.”

“It was important for us to win and we’re really pleased with the three points. It all comes down to the final game and it’ll be tough, just like tonight’s game.”

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