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Madrid beats Barcelona 2-1 in Spanish showdown
In showdown in Spain, Real Madrid beats Barcelona 2-1 to grab hold of league title race
By The Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) ' Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 73rd minute to send Barcelona to its first loss in 55 home games and put Real Madrid on the cusp of breaking the Catalan giants' three-year hold on the Spanish league crown with a 2-1 win Saturday.

Sami Khedira opened the scoring with Madrid's league-record 108th goal of the season. Ronaldo sealed the victory with his league-record 42nd goal moments after Alexis Sanchez tied it for Barcelona.

Madrid's 19th league game without a loss lifted it seven points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the standings with just four rounds to go.

After managing only a single win in nine previous games against Barcelona since joining Madrid, coach Jose Mourinho finally guided his team to a long-coveted victory at Camp Nou.

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