Ronaldo strike silences Barca

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Updated: April 22, 2012

Real Madrid have one hand on a first La Liga trophy in four years after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant winner in a 2-1 victory at Barcelona on Saturday that stretched their lead over their bitter rivals to seven points with four games left.

It was Real’s first success in eight La Liga “Clasicos” – four of them before Mourinho arrived from Inter Milan – and gives them a timely boost for Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg at home to Bayern Munich, when they will seek to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

As well as virtually wrapping up the title, Real’s win ended Barca’s 11-match winning streak in the league and inflicted a first defeat on the Catalans in 35 league matches at the Nou Camp and in 55 home games in all competitions.