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Real Madrid title dreams shattered as Ronaldo limps off

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In yet another twist in the La Liga title race, Real Madrid have dropped another two points and all but surrendered their involvement in the title race.

A late Osorio header cancelled out Sergio Ramos’ first half free-kick and saw Los Blancos draw for the second time in four days.

Real suffered an early blow, as Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with a suspected hamstring injury just 9 minutes into the match.

Luckily for Real Madrid, Ronaldo was substituted as a precaution, and although he may not feature against Celta de Vigo, he may recover in time for the Champions League final.

That left Real with the tough task of scoring goals without two of their top scorers, with Bale also out injured. But Real were eventually rewarded with a free kick as Xabi Alonso was brought down on the edge of the area.

No Ronaldo. No Bale. No problem. Up stepped the in-form Sergio Ramos to score his fifth goal in four matches.

His dipping free-kick sailed past Jaime in the Vallecano goal, who was unable to stop the effort despite getting a hand to the ball.

Despite taking the lead, Madrid seemed to find it difficult to add to their goal. Vallecano had chances of their own and Javi Guerra passed up the best of the half, as he failed to direct a free header.

Real seemed comfortable after the restart, but had not killed off the game. Madrid needed breathing space, but a second goal looked less and less likely with every minute. Benzema looked profligate, Madrid toothless, and Vallecano were growing into the game.

With their La Liga survival hanging in the balance, they went in search of an equaliser. And they would have found it, had Guerra’s overhead kick not dropped inches wide of Casillas’ right-hand post.

But five minutes from the end, they were rewarded for their endeavour. Substitute Humberto Osorio got ahead of his marker from a corner and headed home, to see Los Blancos drop points for the second match in row.

For Real Valladolid, it is a point that moves them out of the bottom three, but for Real, it sees them drop out of the title running, barring another major twist.

This result coupled with their weekend draw against Valencia leaves them sitting four points from leaders Atletico, and Real will need to rely on those in front to slip massively if they are to stay in the hunt for the title.


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