Real Madrid thrash Sevilla to home in on title

Posted May 15, 2017

Nacho was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up as Zidane rested Marcelo, Casemiro, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric for Wednesday's rescheduled game at Celta, the latest demonstration of his confidence in a talent-packed squad which has been a key factor in his side's march towards the title.

"When there are hard moments we know how to turn it around".

Real claimed the lead in weird circumstances after 10 minutes as Nacho converted a quick direct free-kick to cause Sevilla embarrassment.

While the scoreline may suggest it was an easy win, Sevilla did make life hard for the home side and had Keylor Navas not been in such inspired form, the result may well have been different.

Rodriguez scored and created another as Real beat Sevilla 4-1 in their last home game of the season on Sunday night, before being substituted to a standing ovation in the 61st minute.

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Victory moved Madrid one step closer to a first La Liga title for five years as they now need just four points from their final two games at Celta Vigo and Malaga to see off Barcelona's challenge.

We still have the most hard yet to do - two games to play. Here's Ronaldo's second goal.

He said: "Until the final minute we can not think about anything".

The Portugal forward's double helped keep the Spanish giants on course for their first La Liga title since 2012, and came two weeks after his crucial hat-trick paved the way for Real's Champions League semi-final win over Atletico Madrid.

"This team has a lot of resources and what I like the most is the character we always show", Zidane told reporters.

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Simeone continued: "We will miss two games in the season, a shame, because they are the two most lovely, the Cup and Champions finals".

"We never gave up, we were very regular in the second round of play and that allowed the football players to be rewarded again with clinching a direct passage to the Champions League".

Nacho's goal was hotly disputed, though, with furious Sevilla players - who had no time to build a defensive wall or get organised - surrounding the referee in protest.

"I am sure I could have done a lot of things differently, but there are certain aspects that are out of my control", Setien said on the official Las Palmas website.

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We'll see a mix of sun and clouds today as a high pressure begins to move out of the area and highs are seasonable in the low 70s. A band of rain and storms stretches roughly along the MS river with the leading edge of showers as far east as Tuscaloosa.