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Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice as Real Madrid ensured the Primera Division title race would stay alive for at least one more weekend with an entertaining 4-3 win over Real Valladolid at the Bernabeu.
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PA Sport
5 May 2013 - 8:44 AM  UPDATED 5 May 2013 - 10:07 AM

The host bounced back from its UEFA Champions League semi-final elimination at the hands of Borussia Dortmund to close the gap on leader Barcelona to eight points ahead of its home match with Real Betis on Sunday evening (Monday morning AEST).

There are four rounds of matches left after this weekend.

The build-up to the clash with Valladolid was dominated by the future of coach Jose Mourinho and his expected departure to Chelsea, but once the match started it was Ronaldo who again attracted much of the attention.

He helped the host recover from conceding an early goal to Oscar, making it 2-1 after Angel di Maria had levelled.

Javi Guerra equalised before the break for the visitor, but second-half efforts from Kaka and Ronaldo - who also struck the crossbar just before half-time with a stunning 30-yard free-kick - looked to have got Madrid home and dry.

Sastre's brilliant volley got Valladolid a late third, but there was no dramatic equaliser as Madrid ensured arch-rival Barca will have to wait a while longer to take its league crown.

In the day's other matches, third-placed Atletico Madrid was held to a goalless draw at lowly Deportivo La Coruna but got the point it needed to be assured of UEFA Champions League football next season, while Valencia boosted its hopes of a top-four finish with a 4-0 win over nine-man Osasuna.

Two goals late in the first half from Roberto Soldado and Ricardo Costa gave the host a comfortable lead and the second half became a formality after Alejandro Arribas was sent off and Ever Banega scored from the resulting free-kick.

David Timor then also saw red and Jonas added to the visitor's pain by scoring a penalty in injury-time.

Valencia's win saw it move to within two points of fourth-placed Real Sociedad, which plays Getafe on Monday evening (Tuesday morning AEST), and lifted it three points above sixth-placed Malaga as Manuel Pellegrini's men slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Granada, Jude Ighalo scoring the only goal after 28 minutes.