Real Madrid close in on elusive league title

A Barcelona win and a Real Madrid loss is the only combination that can hand the Catalans yet another domestic triumph.

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Real Madrid moved an inch closer to a first league title in 5 years with an away win against Europa League semifinalists Celt de Vigo.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace with Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos also adding a goal apiece. Celta Vigo got a solitary consolation goal thanks to a deflection with star player Iago Aspas sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

Real Madrid were level on points with league leader FC Barcelona prior to the game, but had one game in hand due to rescheduling of this particular fixture back in February. What was supposed to be a difficult match turned out be a little more than a practice session for the UEFA Champions League finalists. Madrid now move three points ahead with the final round of fixtures remaining, to be played this Sunday. A win or a draw will ensure the Los Blancos their first tile in five years. A Barcelona win and a Real Madrid loss is the only combination that can hand the Catalans yet another domestic triumph, but with the form that the Whites have showcased in recent weeks, it looks like an improbability.

Isco was once again given a starting berth ahead of the unsettled James Rodriguez and the injured Gareth Bale. The Madrid front three of Ronaldo, Benzema and Isco were at work from the word go, and they found the net within the first ten minutes following some good work from the Spaniard and a great finish by Cristiano Ronaldo from outside the box with his left foot. He would add another left footed strike before Vigo pulled one back midway through the second half. Madrid found an immediate reply and restored their two goal with a Karim Benzema tap in. Toni Kroos would continue his recent flurry of goals by adding a fourth in the dying moments of the match.

The team has been firing on all cylinders in the past few months, with the loss to Barcelona the only blemish. The front three have been functioning superbly, especially Ronaldo and Benzema. Ronaldo has been on his usual scoring spree once again this season and he does not seem to be letting up any time soon. The midfield trio of Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro has also been very fit all season and are now almost as vital to this team as the front three, if not more. The defense looks assured but with two big games coming up that will be deciding the season for them, the team has to be on their very best to pull it off. Both Malaga and Juventus can not be underestimated and Zinedine Zidane and his men will have to be on top form.

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