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CR7 nets his 38th La Liga goal

sports Updated: May 16, 2011 23:19 IST
Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the La Liga record for goals scored in a season when he netted his 37th and 38th of the campaign at Villarreal on Sunday. Real won the tie 3-1.

The Portuguese former World Player of the Year smashed in a trademark swerving free-kick in the 22nd minute at the Madrigal and followed up with a similar effort deep into second-half added time.

His second of the night equalled the record jointly held by former Real striker Hugo Sanchez (1989/90) and former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarraonandia, known as Zarra (1950/51). He has now scored 51 in all competitions this season.

Valencia through to Champions League
Valencia ensured third place and an automatic berth in next season's Champions League when they drew 0-0 at home to Levante. Valencia have 68 points, six ahead of Villarreal, who are assured of fourth and go into the qualifying rounds.

Busquets cleared of racism charge
Nyon, Switzerland: UEFA cleared Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets to play in the Champions League final after dismissing claims Monday he racially insulted Real Madrid's Marcelo during the semis.

He was facing a five-match ban if the charge was proven.