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Football: Ronaldo helps lift Real Madrid to the top

Published on Jan 26, 2014 6:09 AM
 
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) holds his Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) trophy with his teammates after winning the Fifa World Player of the Year 2013 award, before their Spanish first division soccer match against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Jan 25, 2014. Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga goal of the season to set Real Madrid up for a 2-0 win at home to Granada on Saturday that lifted them above Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to the top of the table. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (REUTERS) - Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga goal of the season to set Real Madrid up for a 2-0 win at home to Granada on Saturday that lifted them above Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to the top of the table.

Barca and Atletico, who play on Sunday, have drawn their last two outings including a 0-0 stalemate between the pair at the Calderon stadium in Madrid this month that allowed Real to close the gap in the three-horse title race.

Saturday's laboured victory at the Bernabeu was Real's fifth in a row in La Liga since a 2-2 draw at Osasuna in December.

France forward Karim Benzema was also on target as Carlo Ancelotti's in-form side moved on to 53 points from 21 matches.

 
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