Ronaldo magic takes Real closer to La Liga glory

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken Real Madrid to the verge of its first Spanish league title in five years.

Isco told Real's official website: "We've just won another cup final and now we need one last push at La Rosaleda, which will not be easy".

"We are very motivated and while a draw would be enough, we will go there to win as we always do".

However, if Madrid do win the title the club stands to earn a further 1 million euros in incentive payments from the deal which took Isco from Malaga to Real Madrid in 2013.

Madrid looked set to double their advantage in the 43rd minute as Karim Benzema worked a give-and-go with Toni Kroos on the counter, but Celta defender Gustavo Cabral prevented the Frenchman from getting a shot away.

Eighteen-goal Iago Aspas grew into the match and had two openings in the space of a minute, first picking out the side-netting when he should have been testing Keylor Navas, before firing a yard wide from the edge of the box.

The result means Barcelona now need to beat Eibar on Sunday and hope Malaga can upset Madrid, or Los Blancos will secure their first Primera Division title in five seasons.

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It was Ronaldo's 13th goal in his last eight matches, and 24th in league.

75th min: The moment Ronaldo should have sealed his hat-trick. "I expect Celta to play like normal".

Real Madrid are three points ahead of Barcelona, but the Catalans have the better head-to-head record after drawing 1-1 at the Nou Camp and winning 3-2 at the Bernabeu.

There was more controversy as Aspas walked after being shown a second yellow for diving in the box, and nearly immediately Celta claimed Ronaldo got away with doing similarly at the other end.

Nacho Fernandez who saw his suspension somewhat controversially lifted before the game wasn't even needed while the injured Pepe and Dani Carvajal were hardly missed either.

Guidetti, who came within inches of sending Celta to Stockholm for the Europa League final, cut through the disappointment with a deft finish from a Pione Sisto assist.

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