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Ronaldo's goal keeps us in title race, says Ancelotti

The Italian coach was left disappointed as his side failed to capitalize on its rivals' slip-ups but insists it still has a chance of winning the league

Carlo Ancelotti believes Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time equalizer in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw against Valencia kept his side alive in the title race.

Los Blancos looked set to suffer a massive upset as Valencia led 2-1 until the Portugal star's magnificent back-heel volley in the 92nd minute ensured his side took a point. The draw did mean Madrid failed to fully capitalize on the slip-ups of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona earlier in the weekend.

Madrid is now five points behind league leader Atletico with a game in hand on its rival, and the Italian coach believes that had it not been for Ronaldo's goal, the Spanish giants would have crashed out of contention altogether.

"Ronaldo’s goal is very important because losing this game would have meant that we lost the league," he told reporters after the game.

"Like I’ve said before, the league will be decided in the last game. It was a tough week for all the three teams.

"The team started the match well but it became more difficult to play with the same intensity. We lost a good chance to advance in the league but it’s not over yet.

"It’s normal that the team is not happy because we tried to win and we couldn’t do it. We will fight until the end."

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