Real Madrid looking to edge Barcelona out in title race

Cristiano Ronaldo's goals were the crucial opening strikes in the 4-1 away win over the Celtics, a team who have troubled Real Madrid a couple of times already this season.

Ahead of their home match with Real Madrid last night, Barcelona and Real Madrid were tied at the top of La Liga with eighty-seven points, although a far superior goal difference meant Barcelona topped the table.

Real Madrid need just a draw from their last game of the season in order to be crowned Champions of the La Liga following their 4-1 win away against Celta Vigo.

Victory at Celta Vigo on Wednesday and at Malaga on Sunday will clinch a first title since 2012. Both teams have 87 points, but the Catalan club leads on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

And the Portugal star gave coach Zidane the thumbs up for his effective management of a squad which he believes has a good blend of youth and experience.

"All you have to do is play it to him and around the box and he does the rest".

Real Madrid would be deserving La Liga champions if they can finish the job against Malaga, according to midfielder Casemiro.

Picking up the ball in what seemed like a safe area Ronaldo looked up and fired an unstoppable left-footed drive into the back of Sergio Alvarez's net.

Ronaldo should have completed yet another hat-trick when he somehow managed to fire wide with the goal gaping before he was replaced with six minutes remaining.

"Misses aren't normal for me, but I'm human and I can miss sometimes".

Celta, with nothing left to play for, improved after conceding the first goal and started to threaten, with Aspas creating a series of chances.

For the Madrid Real Madrid, the upcoming match against Celta will be the decisive match of the championship. Ronaldo opened his league tally for United in 2003.

The game against Celta Vigo was originally scheduled to be played on February 5 but was postponed because heavy winds damaged the roof of the Balaidos Stadium, making it unsafe for players and spectators.

Madrid could also potentially do the double if they beat Juventus in the Champions League Final on June 3.

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