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Cristiano is in excellent form

Balaidos witnessed a Celta Vigo side still suffering the hangover of their Europa League elimination being outclassed by a Real Madrid led by Cristiano Ronaldo who bagged a brace and is hitting a fantastic level of form just as the season comes to an end. This form for the striker contrasts with previous campaigns whereby the player has looked tired and troubled with niggles that were never properly dealt with. This season he looks fresh and credit must go to Zidane for his rotation policy as the No. 7 moves into a more central striking role. He now relies less on his burst of pace but will cause a major threat to both Malaga on Sunday and Juve in Cardiff.

Martínez Munuera lenient with Madrid  

The player from Maderira was indeed close to accumulating his fifth yellow card which would have seen him suspended for the game at La Rosaleda. With the match at 0-2, match official Martínez Munuera deemed that Celta's Iago Aspas dived and was carded whilst a similar stunt from the Portuguese striker went unpunished. That yellow would have ruled Cristiano out of the Malaga trip and Madrid can count themselves lucky as referee Munuera was also lenient with Casemiro when he should have been given his marching orders for a second yellow.

Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal with Sergio Ramos Reuters / Miguel Vidal
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Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal with Sergio Ramos Reuters / Miguel VidalMIGUEL VIDALREUTERS

A point required against Malaga

The end of the match was tense and overshadowed what was, generally a decent game. Madrid struck early and then saw how Celta started to dominate proceedings until the break. Just after the interval Guidetti missed a relatively easy chance after a Iago Aspas assist as immediately Cristiano struck again for Madrid and the game was destined to go just one way. Celta replied and Madrid struck again twice to see Zidane's men just requiring a point to lift the league title in Malaga. Michel's side will be no pushover with Sandro a threat in attack for the Andalusian outfit. Real Madrid have one hand on the title and now just need to finish the job.