Ronaldo's double puts Real on verge of La Liga title

Cristiano Ronaldo smashed a shot through the legs of Gustavo Cabral, past Alvarez to put Real ahead in the game, and ahead of Barcelona in the points table.

The way in which Zidane has managed his star player has been very impressive, and who knows how long Ronaldo could continue at this level with this type of game-management?

Gerard Pique is still a big doubt through illness after missing last weekend's trip to Las Palmas and if the Spain centre-back is out, his place will be taken by Marlon. Malaga have a tremendous home record of late, but that might not be enough to prevent a near-to-full strength Real side pushing on to claim the La Liga crown in emphatic fashion.

But Barcelona have been in this position before, needing a win and a slip-up from league leaders.

"The most hard part is still to come even though we're getting closer (to the title) every day", Zidane told reporters.

"We need to keep doing what we have been doing so far because the title hasn't been decided yet", manager Zinedine Zidane said.

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The team had a shot at the double last season, but failed in the home league and triumphed in the Champions League.

There is one result that gives the Barca boss hope of their title rivals slipping up. their own defeat at Malaga on 8 April. It's going to be Sunday.

"We are going to continue playing as we have been doing, we can't play like that, we have to play as we always play and we know it will be hard, but we are going to go to win the match", he concluded. "The first half was end to end and that doesn't suit us, we were much better with the ball in the second and we played a little better", added Zidane.

However Juve could be champions before they even play if Roma lose and Fiorentina do not win.

Hoffenheim were an amateur village team when boss Julian Nagelsmann was born in 1987.

While comparisons distract from the spectacle of watching two of the greatest ever footballers in action, we couldn't help but see how the two compare in front of goal in recent years.

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Madrid has won two Champions Leagues in the last three seasons, but it hasn't been successful in La Liga since 2012.

One of the four will join already relegated Nancy in the second tier next season while another will have to compete in a relegation play-off.

The Yellow Submarine are fifth with 64 points, with Basque sides Athletic and La Real one point behind in sixth and seventh respectively.

Caen and Dijon both have 36 points and are away at second-placed Paris St-Germain and 11th-placed Toulouse respectively.

Barcelona versus Eibar kicks off at 20:00 CEST on Sunday and will be shown live on Sky Sports Mix from 18:55 United Kingdom time.

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