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Madrid, Barca Hunt Each Other For La Liga Title

The La liga battle will be fought to the end as the major contenders, Real Madrid and Barcelona made no mistake to win the title.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid as they took another step towards the La Liga title with victory over Sevilla.

Real led through Nacho’s controversial free-kick before Ronaldo pounced on a rebound to double their lead.

Stevan Jovetic replied after the break, but Ronaldo’s sensational second strike, his 401st for Real Madrid, and Toni Kroos’ late goal sealed victory.

Real Madrid stay in second place behind Barcelona who beat Las Palmas 4-1.

Reigning champions Barcelona keep hold of top spot courtesy of their head-to-head advantage.

Victory moved Madrid one step closer to a first La Liga title for five years as they now need just four points from their final two games at Celta Vigo and Malaga to see off Barcelona’s challenge.

However, there were nervous moments around the Santiago Bernabeu when Stefan Jovetic brought Sevilla back into the game after Nacho’s quickly taken free-kick and Ronaldo’s 400th goal for Madrid had given the hosts’ a 2-0 halftime lead.

Ronaldo, though, restored Madrid’s two-goal lead in stunning fashion by blasting in off the underside of the bar 12 minutes from time before Toni Kroos rounded off the scoring.

“It was a good pass from Kroos, he sees the gap and he puts it in,” Zidane said of Ronaldo’s second.

“More than the goal it is what he is doing right now. He is always there in the decisive moments.”

Madrid are tied with Barca at the top of the table on 87 points.

But Zidane’s men have the upper hand as they have two games left to Barca’s one.

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