Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th career goal as Real Madrid laboured to victory over Celta Vigo and reduced the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Celta had wasted a number of chances before Karim Benzema capitalised on shoddy defending by prodding home.
Ronaldo, who had been largely anonymous, made sure of victory by converting Daniel Carvajal's cross.
Then, in the dying seconds, Ronaldo added gloss to the scoreline following a cross from Gareth Bale.
Bale, a 65th-minute substitute, found the former Manchester United man in space and he thumped the ball into the roof of the net.
Cristiano Ronaldo on target
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored twice in a match on 30 occasions, more than any other Real Madrid player in La Liga since 2000
- He is the top scorer in this season's La Liga with 20 - one clear of Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa
Ronaldo's brace, which made him the fourth highest scorer for Real Madrid in La Liga history, masked what had been a pedestrian performance by a Real side who are now five points adrift of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in third.
The 28-year-old, who is on a three-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, has now scored 400 goals in 653 games for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real and Portugal.
A minute's silence was held before kick-off in memory of Portuguese great Eusebio, who
died aged 71
from a heart attack at the weekend.
Ronaldo seemed to pay his own tribute to his much-loved compatriot by raising his arms to the sky after his second landmark goal.
It was not Ronaldo's most polished performance, but he still managed to help Real clinch a handsome win.
Celta will look back and regret a number of missed opportunities, with Brazilian Charles the main culprit.
The striker hit the side netting early on and fluffed another chance after the break, shooting wide with just Diego Lopez to beat.
Moments later, the visitors paid the price for their profligacy when Benzema took advantage of a defensive mix-up to stab the ball home.
The goal lifted Real's spirits, with Ronaldo dragging a shot across goal before he found the target moments later with a toe-poke at the far post.
Celta's threat diminished from there on and once again they failed to contain Ronaldo as he struck his 28th club goal this season and his 230th in total for Real.
Bale, who returned to training last week after recovering from a calf injury, was the provider, with the Welshman making another telling contribution for his new club.
- 25 López
- 15 Carvajal
- 12 Marcelo
- 19 Modric
- 03 Pepe
- 04 Ramos
- 22 Di María (Bale - 65' )
- 14 Alonso (Illarramendi - 45' )
- 09 Benzema
- 23 Isco (Jesé - 62' )
- 07 Ronaldo
- 01 Casillas
- 11 Bale
- 17 Arbeloa
- 18 Nacho
- 20 Jesé
- 21 Morata
- 24 Illarramendi
Celta de Vigo
- 13 Rodríguez Oterino
- 02 Mallo Novegil
- 19 Castro Otto
- 04 Oubiña
- 22 Cabral
- 30 Costas
- 24 Fernández Booked (Agudo Durán - 69' )
- 08 López Sánchez Booked (Krohn-Dehli - 60' )
- 11 Dias de Oliveira (Mina Lorenzo - 77' )
- 12 Alcántara do Nascimento
- 14 Orellana
- 01 Álvarez Conde
- 06 Vila Pereira
- 10 Agudo Durán
- 15 Aurtenetxe
- 17 Madinda
- 23 Krohn-Dehli
- 29 Mina Lorenzo
Ref: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo