Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo | La Liga match report

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 400th goal of his career to seal a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, keeping Real Madrid in touch with the top of La Liga.

Ronaldo moved one goal ahead of Atlético Madrid's Diego Costa to top the league's scoring chart with 20 by finding the net in the 82nd minute and again in stoppage time from a cross by the substitute Gareth Bale on his return from a three-week injury layoff.

Celta's attack, led by the midfielder Rafina Alcântara, created the clearest chances until Karim Benzema broke through from close range in the 67th minute.

"They have some of the best players in the world and they punish you if you give them half a chance," Alcântara said.

Real's win after the league's two-week winter break left them five points behind Barcelona and Atlético, who play each other in the capital in the next round of matchesl.

The Santiago Bernabéu held a minute's silence before kick-off in honour of Eusébio, who died on Sunday. His Portuguese compatriot Ronaldo turned his gaze upward while locking his arms with his team-mates. Hours before in Lisbon, tens of thousands of people turned out to pay tribute.

Ronaldo dedicated his goals to Eusébio. "He was very close to me and helped me a lot," he said. "He is a mythic figure, and for me today is a very sad day."

Bale had been warming up on the touchline since the half-hour mark, and the Real coach, Carlo Ancelotti, sent him on in the 65th.

With Celta threatening to equalise, Ronaldo charged forward to meet Dani Carvajal's cross and sweep it home.

Ronaldo struck again in added time, a week before Fifa announces the Ballon d'Or winner. Ronaldo is a finalist, along with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Franck Ribéry of Bayern Munich, and confirmed on Monday night that he would attend the gala.

Ancelotti said of his team's performance: "In the first half we were a little slow and the team wasn't well balanced. They had too many counterattacks. [But] it's normal after the Christmas break. In the second half we played with more intensity." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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