Just One Point Off
Real Madrid are just one point off the top after a Ronaldo-inspired victory over Valencia, whilst their rivals Barcelona slipped up, and could only manage a draw. Real are just a point behind with four games to go!
Real Madrid's game was intense from the start. By eight minutes into the match Van der Vaart had already shot twice on target!
Guti came close to scoring from a pass on the byline by Ronaldo on 21-minutes. Minutes later, Higuain scored the opener after receiving a ball from Guti, dribbling past a centre back and nutmegging goalkeeper Cesar.
Pellegrini's men had many more chances on goal before half-time, but Valencia also had their share, the most dangerous being a shot by Mata that hit off Casillas' post.
Marcelo ventured down the left wing and crossed the ball into the box. Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a powerful and unstoppable shot, netting his 20th goal of the season.