Real Madrid thrash Sevilla to home in on title

Real Madrid thrash Sevilla to home in on title

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400 and 401 goal for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane's side closed in on a first La Liga title since 2012, easing to a 4-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday while Neymar hit a hat-trick for Barcelona, who thrashed Las Palmas 4-1.

Barcelona beat Las Palmas by the same margin away from home and are now top of La Liga because they boast a better head-to-head record.

Real's game in hand comes at Celta on Wednesday in a match postponed from February due to storm damage at Celta's Balaidos stadium.

Toni Kroos then added gloss to the win as Real stayed level-pegging with leaders Barcelona at the top of LaLiga, the defending champions beating Las Palmas by the same scoreline.

Sporting Gijon were relegated despite winning 1-0 at Eibar.

"It is a long road".

Although it initially seemed to be a normal moment, Rodriguez's treatment of the substitution immediately alerted the Real Madrid faithful to the fact that something more significant was taking place.

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"We have two games left and we'll try to continue as we are".

With Celta having lost six of their last eight matches and also suffered the agony of being knocked out of the Europa League semi-finals in that time, Real are firm favourites to pick up a victory in Galicia that would leave them needing only a point at Malaga next Sunday to seal the title.

Madrid opened the scoring in controversial fashion in the 10th minute, with Nacho Fernandez netting from a quick free kick while Sevilla were still organising themselves after Marco Asensio had been fouled on the edge of the box.

Sevilla had their chances in the first half - Stevan Jovetic twice hit the woodwork before forcing goalkeeper Keylor Navas into a top-class diving save. Burgui's 32nd-minute goal gave Sporting only their second away win of the season, but Deportivo La Coruna and Leganes both drew to doom them. There was still time for Kroos to get on the score sheet, with the Germany worldwide finding the bottom corner in the 84th minute.

Barcelona kept the pressure on despite a series of defensive absences that meant Brazilian 21-year-old Marlon Santos was handed a full debut in the Canary Islands.

Neymar and Luis Suarez struck before the half-hour mark, but Pedro Bigas halved the deficit after 63 minutes.

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