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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ronaldo brace as Real shine

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th 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 yesterday while Neymar hit a hat-trick for Barcelona, who thrashed Las Palmas 4-1.

The two sides are equal on 87 points with Barcelona leading the standings on their head-to-head record but Real have a game in hand against Celta Vigo, next week and need only four points from their final two matches.

Defender Nacho Fernandez put Real ahead in the 10th minute with some quick thinking from a free-kick, sidefooting the ball into the bottom corner and flummoxing Sevilla who were still preparing their wall.

Ronaldo netted his milestone goal in the 23rd minute and then added number 401 in the 78th minute with a curling shot into the top corner after Stevan Jovetic had pulled one back for Sevilla.

Toni Kroos got the fourth goal in the 84th to add extra shine to the Real victory.

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