La Liga wrap: Real Madrid see off Celta Vigo to close the gap on Barcelona

La Liga wrap: Real Madrid see off Celta Vigo to close the gap on Barcelona

Real Madrid temporarily moved to within eight points of LaLiga leaders Barcelona with a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Strikes either side of half-time from Marco Asensio and Eder Militao saw the Spanish giants secure all three points.

Los Blancos established their first-half lead in the 42nd minute after Vinicius Junior cut back a cross to the Spaniard after a bursting run and lashed home before Asensio's corner found the head of Militao, who wrapped up a comfortable win at the Bernabeu.

Real Sociedad maintained their Champions League qualification hopes by coming from a goal down to beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1.

Isi Palazon gave the visitors a lead but Alexander Sorloth levelled matters up just two minutes later and Sociedad had to wait until the 81st minute as Florian Lejeune turned into his own net to give the hosts another win.

Nico Williams and Oscar de Marcos scored for Athletic Bilbao in their 2-1 win over Almeria, for whom Alex Centelles' replied late on.

Real Betis lost ground on the Champions League qualifying places as they were defeated 3-2 at Osasuna.

Kike Barja twice assisted Ante Budimir to make it 2-0 before Guido Rodriguez replied for Los Verdiblancos. Jon Moncayola re-established the hosts' two-goal lead and Juan Miranda's late strike did not deny them.

In the Spanish top-flight's other game, Real Valladolid earned a 1-0 victory over Girona.