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Real Madrid moved to the top of the La Liga table following a 4 – 1 demolishing of Celta Vigo in a rescheduled league game at Estadio Municipal de Balaídos on Wednesday Night.

A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos saw Madrid through as Celta suffered a sixth consecutive La Liga loss.

Madrid was in perfect control from start and it took them just 10 minutes to take the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo who struck the back of the net with a left footed shot from the edge of the box.

Madrid almost doubled the lead at the dot of half-time through Ronaldo but his shot was saved by Sergio Alvarez.

Ronaldo doubled Madrid’s lead three minutes into the second-half. Isco’s brilliant move resulted into a through pass to Ronaldo who slotted home a low drive shot from the left side of Celta’s area.

Celta Vigo were reduced to 10 men in the 62nd minute when Iago Aspas was shown a second yellow card and got his matching order.

Swedish international, Alberto Guidetti pulled one back for the hosts in the 69th minutes. Guidetti’s shot from the edge of Madrid’s area was deflected into the net by Sergio Ramos.

Madrid restored the two goal lead a minute later through Karim Benzema. The French forward tapped in Marcelo’s left-wing cross inside the area to make it 1 – 3 in favour of Madrid.

Toni Kroos sealed the win in the 88th minute with a clinical finish. Benzema go the better of the defensive howler by Celta Vigo and found an unmarked Kroos inside the area; the German international calmly rounded up a defender before slotting the ball past Alvarez in goal.

The win took Madrid to the top of the table with 90 points, three points above second placed Barcelona as the league head to a final showdown this weekend.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, Madrid were level on point with Barcelona but the Catalan giants had a better head-to-head record and superior goal difference.

Ronaldo’s double on the night took him to 368 goals in league competition for Manchester United and Madrid as he broke Jimmy Greaves’ 46-year European scoring record to become the top scorer of all time across Europe’s top leagues.

Madrid travels to Malaga for the final fixture on Sunday. A draw at Malaga will secure Madrid a first La Liga title since 2012.

Author: Yemi Olarinre