Ronaldo rescues Real Madrid as they blow title chance

Real Madrid's title hopes were hit with a 2-2 draw against Valencia.
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Real Madrid's title hopes were hit with a 2-2 draw against Valencia.

Cristiano Ronaldo's stoppage-time goal salvaged a 2-2 draw for Real Madrid as they followed Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in dropping points on a dramatic weekend in the title race.

Valencia twice led at the Bernabeu before Ronaldo stabbed the ball home with a deft backheel two minutes into five added on.

Barcelona's draw and Atletico Madrid's defeat left the door wide open for Madrid but they struggled to push through it as the top three all dropped points on the same weekend for the first time this season.

Jeremy Mathieu put Valencia ahead moments before half-time, and only six minutes after Sergio Ramos levelled before the hour mark, Dani Parejo put Valencia back in front.

After Ronaldo levelled, both he and substitute Alvaro Morata had golden chances for a winner but missed the target.

“La Liga is a tough division, as it always has been. It will be decided in the last few games, like I've always said. It has been a tough matchday for all three teams at the top of the league and now the championship is more open than ever," said Real coach Carlo Ancelotti afterwards.

 
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