Neymer hat-trick
Neymer hat-trick helps Barca beat Las Palmas Photo credit: @FCBarcelona /twitter

The two sides are equal on 87 points after Sunday’s matches with Barcelona leading the standings on their head-to-head record although Real have a game in hand against Celta Vigo next week and need only four points from their final two matches to take the title.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 400th goal for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s side have closed in on a first La Liga title since 2012, easing to a 4-1 win over Sevilla while Neymar has hit a hat-trick for Barcelona, who have thrashed Las Palmas 4-1.

Ronaldo netted his milestone goal in the 23rd minute from close range and then added number 401, restoring Real’s two-goal advantage in the 78th with a curling shot into the top corner after Stevan Jovetic had pulled one back for Sevilla early in the second half.

Defender Nacho Fernandez put Real ahead in the 10th minute with some quick thinking from a free kick, sidefooting the ball into the bottom corner and flummoxing Sevilla who were still preparing their defensive wall.

Pedro Bigas pegged back the champions by sliding in to meet a cross from Kevin-Prince Boateng in the 63rd but Neymar quickly put Barca’s minds at ease with two quick-fire finishes from close range in the 67th and 71st.

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