Real hit 5
Cristiano Ronaldo led the goal charge that had Real Madrid on the top of the table (in real-time at least!), but only momentarily. Barcelona's eventual win pushed Real's rivals a point clear with a game to go.
Winning was all that counted for Real Madrid if they were to keep their title hopes alive and make it to the final week of action with a chance to notch 98 points on the year. Only four minutes had ticked off the clock when Cristiano Ronaldo put Iraizoz to the test. Five minutes later the Madridsta sent another shot just wide of the post.
Amorebieta was sent off on 21' and Cristiano fired home the ensuing penalty kick to put Real up 1-0.
Despite their numerical superiority, Real Madrid slowed their pace and Yeste managed to capitalize by beating Casillas. The teams headed into the dressing room level and one goal apiece.
Athletic grew confident and Yeste nearly gave his side the advantage, but Casillas made the frantic save.
Higuain was lucky on his third attempt and put a header by Iraizoz following a corner kick. Pipita's 27th goal in league action was all the Whites needed to keep their title hopes alive, but they weren't done yet.
With nine minutes left Sergio Ramos dribbled through defenders to put the third on the board and one minute later Benzema hammered home the fourth. Marcelo got his name of the score sheet on 90' after a defensive error.