Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Zidane remains calm with Madrid one point away from the title

But goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos secured the points for Real Madrid, taking them to within touching distance of their first league championship since the 2011/12 season.

A draw at mid-table Malaga in the final round on Sunday will allow Madrid to lift the trophy and avoid its longest title drought in La Liga since the 1980s. "I have to respect the competition and always go out to win". Both teams have 87 points, but the Catalan club leads on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

"We had to go until the end, the game has been very good and we played well, but we know that Malaga are strong at home".

Real Madrid faces Celta Vigo on May 17 as it tries to win La Liga.

The Portuguese netted his side's opener in their 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Wednesday night, scoring his 367th league goal in the process.

Ronaldo collected a pass from Isco on the edge of the area before rifling a left-footed shot inside the post to set another personal landmark. Indeed there is much to be done to close the gap, and it must be done right this time.

"I did the hardest part, which was to score the first goal and then the second", Ronaldo said. "It is not usual for me to have a miss like that, but it can happen to human beings who can make mistakes too".

Striker Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start despite being rested for Madrid's past four away games.

Just after half-time Celta had their best chance to get back into the game, but John Guidetti's control let him down 8 yards out. Celta Vigo are coming from a rough week having lost 3-1 away to Alaves and being eliminated from the Europa League semi final by Manchester United.

The game had been due to take place in February but was rescheduled after the roof of the Balaidos stadium was damaged in a storm, provoking a dispute between the two sides.

Zidane had been changing the team's rotation over the last few months as Madrid also played the decisive stages of the Champions League.

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