CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored twice to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday, lifting Jose Mourinho's side into second place in La Liga.
Madrid had the better of the chances at Balaidos Stadium despite Mourinho making several changes to his starting team following a week featuring wins over Barcelona and Manchester United.
Celta almost snatched a dramatic late equaliser but Arsenal's on-loan striker Park Chu-Young headed onto the bar right at the death.
Celta started brightly but Madrid dominated for the remainder of the match, bar a flurry of late activity as the home side desperately went in search of an equaliser.
Ronaldo put his team in front in the 61st minute after the ball kindly dropped to him in the area, but Celta striker Iago Aspas leveled against the run of play just two minutes later.
The Portuguese forward converted a spot kick earned by Kaka in the 72nd for the winner for his 26th league goal of the season.
Arsenal loanee Park Chu-Young almost grabbed a point for Celta when his header hit the bar one minute from time, but Madrid hung on for their sixth straight victory in all competitions.
Ronaldo's 26 league goals leave him some way behind the free-scoring Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who has an incredible 40 goals from just 27 league matches this season. Madrid now trail Barcelona by 13 points in a league title race that is all but over.