Madrid a draw away from Spanish title after win over Celta

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Real Madrid grabbed the advantage heading into the final round of the La Liga season after cruising to a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

The victory at Celta in a game postponed from February because of bad weather gave Madrid a three-point lead over Barcelona, which hosts eighth-place Eibar in its final match on Sunday. "We are Real Madrid and we must show we are the best team and the champions".

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.

"Double? We're only thinking about Sunday, we have to win, and for the Champions League we'll have time to prepare well afterwards".

"We played with a very good attitude, with a lot of determination and personality", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Ronaldo was starting his first La Liga game away from home for almost two months as in contrast to recent weeks, Zidane didn't rotate his starting XI. I have rested a bit more this year, to be good at the end of the season.

"It all comes down to the final game and it'll be tough, just like tonight's game".

Daniel Wass stung the palms of Keylor Navas with a fiercely struck free-kick before Aspas fired just wide twice in quick succession.

And Celta also had a penalty appeal waived away before the break when Raphael Varane handled inside his own area.

"We scored early and then had 20 hard minutes", added Zidane.

"The second half we managed the game much better, having control with the ball". A draw or win, just avoid a loss, and Real wins it.

Madrid nearly forced a second shortly before the half-hour mark as Toni Kroos played a smart ball over the top to find Isco, whose deflected shot looped up in the air before dipping just wide of the goal.

Celta's joy was short lived as Real restored their two-goal lead a minute later as Karim Benzema turned home Marcelo's low cross.

  • Zachary Reyes