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Spanish league: Di María also hurts

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Real held to draw, Ronaldo injured

Real Madrid''s Karim Benzema (left) challenges for the ball with Valladolid''s Mark Valiente.

MADRID — Real Madrid’s La Liga title challenge was left hanging by a thread after a late Humberto Osorio header earned Real Valladolid a 1-1 draw and Cristiano Ronaldo suffered an injury last night, while Ángel Di María also finished the game with muscle problems.

Real, hoping to keep the pressure on Atlético Madrid at the top of table, remained in third place, four points behind its city rival and a point adrift of Barcelona with two games to play.

The match started badly for Real when world player of the year Ronaldo hobbled off with a suspected hamstring strain. It went ahead, however, when Sergio Ramos, celebrating his 400th Real appearance, swept home a free kick after 35 minutes. It was not enough, though, as relegation-threatened Valladolid levelled when Osorio nodded home with five minutes left.

The result opened the door for Barcelona, which knows that a win in the final match of the season against Atlético would hand it the title providing it beats Elche away on Sunday.

Real, which plays Atlético in the Champions League final this month, was missing the injured Gareth Bale and Di María played in as three-pronged forward line as Luka Modric returned in midfield.

Reuters

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