IN-FORM RON­ALDO

His dou­ble puts Real on verge of La Liga ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID Toni Kroos rounded off the scor­ing to keep Madrid on course for a La Liga and Cham­pi­ons League dou­ble.

“We played with in­cred­i­ble at­ti­tude and per­son­al­ity,” said Madrid boss Zine­dine Zi­dane.

Ron­aldo was start­ing his first La Liga game away from home for nearly two months as in con­trast to re­cent weeks, Zi­dane didn’t ro­tate his start­ing XI.

The French­man went with the same side that with­stood an Atletico Madrid re­vival to book their place in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal a week ago.

And he was re­warded early on as Marcelo fed Isco and af­ter he was dis­pos­sessed on the edge of the area, Ron­aldo smashed the loose ball high into the net.

“He has man­aged things very well,” Ron­aldo added on Zi­dane.

“I feel good. Ev­ery­thing is de­cided in the fi­nal weeks of the sea­son and I am do­ing well. I am scor­ing goals and help­ing the team.”

Celta have now lost eight of their last nine La Liga games hav­ing con­cen­trated on their run to the Europa League semi-fi­nals that was ended by Manch­ester United last week.

How­ever, they elim­i­nated Madrid from the King’s Cup ear­lier this sea­son and put the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons to the test once more.

Daniel Wass stung the palms of Key­lor Navas with a fiercely struck free-kick be­fore As­pas fired just wide twice in quick suc­ces­sion.

And Celta also had a penalty ap­peal waived away be­fore the break when Raphael Varane han­dled in­side his own area.

“We scored early and then had 20 dif­fi­cult min­utes,” added Zi­dane. “In the sec­ond-half we con­trolled the game more be­cause the first-half it was end-to-end which isn’t our game.” AFP

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Real Madrid’s Karim Ben­zema (left) goes past Celta Vigo’s Jonathan Cas­tro Otto at the Balai­dos Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day.

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