Real Madrid looking to edge Barcelona out in title race

Watch: It Very Much Looks As If James Rodriguez Has Just Bid Farewell To Real Madrid

Watch: It Very Much Looks As If James Rodriguez Has Just Bid Farewell To Real Madrid

The Portugal global struck his 367th goal in the first half of Wednesday's encounter, surpassing Jimmy Greaves as the most prolific ever scorer in Europe's top five leagues, and added a second soon after. Replays clearly showed the Madrid defender had made contact with the Celta forward but the decision was made and there seemed to be nothing which would deny Zidane's side a vital three points.

A ruthless Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a crushing 3-0 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on 2 May 2017. One point more in Málaga and Real Madrid will win La Liga.

With the form of late, there's no doubt about Lionel Messi-led Catalans winning their last fixture against Eibar.

That proved one of few Madrid chances in the first half, though, as a purposeful Celta began to take over. His last summer was consumed by helping Portugal reach the Euro 2016 final, only to suffer a debilitating injury in the title game.

For most of the game, Isco was at his effervescent best in attacking midfield, but the little Andalusian does not often play two consecutive matches for Zidane and perhaps could be left out against his former club on Sunday. This is a hard place to come and it was a tough game.

Celta, who eliminated Real in the Copa del Rey, bounced back as Daniel Wass stung the palms of Keylor Navas with a fiercely struck free-kick before Aspas fired just wide twice in quick succession. A draw against Malaga on Sunday will be enough to take them over the line. But Barça still has a postponed game to play.

However, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos rounded off the scoring to keep Madrid on course for a La Liga and Champions League double.

Told that he did not look too happy as he faced the press, Zidane smiled and said that it had been a long season with some suffering, but was about to end well for all associated with Madrid.

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

"Celta are a professional team and will go out to win, nothing less".