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Video: Cristiano Ronaldo responds to keep Real Madrid in La Liga title race contention

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo handed his side a 1-0 lead over Valencia on Sunday, as Los Blancos battle to stay in the La Liga title race.

After Lionel Messi had given Barcelona the lead over Espanyol, the focus switched to the Bernabeu to see whether or not Zinedine Zidane’s men could respond.

Respond they did, and it was a familiar face with the crucial goal as Ronaldo bagged his 48th goal of the season in all competitions with a superb strike to break the deadlock.

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Real will be fully aware that they need to win in order to stay in the title race, as they would remain just a point behind Barca heading into the final weekend of the season.

However, their bitter rivals hold the advantage through their superior goal difference, and so Zidane and his men will likely require a slip up in order to pull off an unlikely turnaround.

Meanwhile, city rivals Atletico are also in the running, as they look to pick up all three points at Levante to remain level at the top of the table with Barca.

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