Ronaldo 'tricks as Real maul Getafe

Ronaldo 'tricks as Real maul Getafe

Real cut the lead on their arch-rivals back to five points with two games left to play, which means Pep Guardiola's Barca side can wrap up their third consecutive league crown with a draw in their game in hand at Levante on Wednesday.

Champions League finalists Barca have 91 points to Real's 86 and hold the head-to-head advantage over Jose Mourinho's team should they finish level on points next week.

Getafe slipped closer to the relegation places in 17th with 40 points, one ahead of 18th-placed Real Zaragoza, who visit fellow strugglers Real Sociedad (41) on Wednesday.

Deportivo Coruna's 2-1 comeback win over Athletic Bilbao pulled them out of the bottom three up to 14th with 42 points. Racing Santander also recovered to win 2-1 at home to Atletico Madrid to go ninth on 46 with Malaga were one point behind them in 10th after a 2-0 win at Sporting Gijon.

Ronaldo closed to within two goals of Real Madrid's club record of 38 for a season, held by Hugo Sanchez, with his seventh goal in four days having bagged four in Saturday's 6-2 demolition of Sevilla.

The Portugal forward outjumped two defenders to head the opener in the 24th minute from Mesut Ozil's superb curling cross with the outside of his left boot. The German playmaker also laid on Ronaldo's second after a swift counter-attack in the 57th.

Substitute Karim Benzema then guided in Xabi Alonso's long pass before Ronaldo sealed his hat-trick with a penalty in added time, taking his league tally for the season to an unrivalled 36 goals, ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi with 31.

Tribute to Ballesteros

Racing were all but assured of La Liga football next season with their win over Europa League-chasing Atletico after an emotional pre-match tribute to former fan and local resident Seve Ballesteros.

Both teams walked out at the Sardinero stadium with shirts dedicated to Ballesteros, while a group of children carried a giant photo of him into the centre circle, for a minute's silence before kickoff.