Madrid beats Barcelona 2-1 to move 7 points clear

By Joseph Wilson

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, right, scores a goal beating Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza, Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo's late goal dealt Barcelona its first loss in 54 home games and put Real Madrid on the cusp of breaking the Catalan giants' three-year hold on the Spanish league crown with a record-setting 2-1 win on Saturday.

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

Madrid's 19th league game without a loss lifted it seven points clear 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 over its fierce rivals on their ground.

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