Tuesday evening saw Real Madrid slump to their fifth La Liga defeat of the season at Espanyol, with Los Blancos now firmly focusing on next week's Champions League last 16 second leg clash at Paris Saint-Germain.
"We have two days to see how Luka and Toni are".
Ronaldo did have his second in the 78th minute, however, when he headed a brilliant Marcelo cross into the back of the net before leaving the field shortly after as he was given a short rest ahead of the PSG clash.
And the breakthrough had more than a hint of fortune about it, as Isco rose to meet Karim Benzema's looping cross and appeared to nudge it towards Bale with his arm, before the Wales star drilled low past Emiliano Martinez. The big news of the day was Marcelo and Vallejo returning to the fold. His second goal was a header in the 78th from a pass by Marcelo. The defender looked to have got the ball, but the referee pointed to the spot, and Francisco Portillo converted the kick.
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While there was some debate as to whether Ronaldo had already reached 300 LaLiga goals after netting a brace against Alaves last weekend - a free-kick against Real Sociedad during the 2010/2011 campaign which went in via a heavy deflection off team-mate Pepe the reason for the uncertainty - the numbers remain impressive reading. "Now we will keep trying to win, and with five rounds to go we will see what are our chances regarding the European competitions".
Neither side could find another goal in the closing stages of the second half as Los Blancos ran out convincing winners on the night.