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Ronaldo's 400th career goal seals victory for Real Madrid

Karim Benzema was also on target against Celta Vigo as Carlo Ancelotti’s men moved to within five points of the top.

Ronaldo celebrates one of his goals tonight.
Ronaldo celebrates one of his goals tonight.
Image: Andres Kudacki/AP/Press Association Images

REAL MADRID MOVED back to within five points of La Liga co-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with a hard-fought 3-0 win at home to Celta Vigo.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring before a late double from Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the win with his 400th and 401st career goals as Celta were made to pay for passing up a host of clear-cut chances.

With the scoreline still deadlocked with an hour played, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti introduced the fit-again Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez from the bench in the search of a goal.

The Italian was rewarded when Jese squared for Benzema to break the deadlock 23 minutes from time.

Ronaldo killed the game as a contest when he rolled home Dani Carvajal’s cross before Bale provided his seventh assist of the season for Ronaldo to fire home his second in stoppage time.

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