Real Madrid's chances of winning their first La Liga title since 2012 appeared to be falling by the wayside in Sunday's frustrating encounter against Granada.
Karim Benzema had originally given Real Madrid the lead in the 30th minute but a spirited display from La Liga's 19th-placed side saw them peg Zinedine Zidane's men back through Youssef El Arabi on the hour mark. They deserved a point, but football rarely serves up justice.
Luka Modric, who before last night had failed to score in La Liga this season, came up with the goods with just four minutes left on the clock to earn Los Blancos a crucial win. Not only was it an important goal, but a spectacular one.
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It keeps them within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona, although the Catalan club still have a game in hand. A draw would have seen them fall six points astray, leaving a title assault in tatters. Not only that, but Villarreal would have been only three points behind in fourth place.
The Croatian has since been absorbing plaudits from a number of his team-mates, as well as Zidane. As a midfielder with few goals to his name, Modric rarely finds himself in a spotlight hogged by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
However, club captain Sergio Ramos says that, despite his supposed lack of impact in games, he is still crucial to the club's success.
"This goal maybe makes him a bit more visible, but, the way I see football, Modric is indispensable," said Ramos.
"He is the spine of the team and very important player for us."
Zidane, himself a scorer of spectacular goals in his heyday, says Modric's strike was proof that he needs to have more faith in his ability to hit the back of the net.
"Modric scored a great goal that has given us life and, above all, three points," said Zidane.
"I am happy for him because he has to shoot more. He knows how to play in many positions, including as a number 10. Today he showed he has a fantastic strike and I am happy with him."
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