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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 23rd Real Madrid hat-trick as they swept aside Real Sociedad to move within three points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Ronaldo opened the scoring early with an angled finish before setting up striker Karim Benzema for the second.

The Portuguese forward's penalty put the game beyond the visitors and Gareth Bale fed Sami Khedira for the fourth.

Antoine Griezmann pulled one back with a rising finish but a Ronaldo free-kick wrapped up the win and his hat-trick.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have scored 15 goals in the last three league games, with Ronaldo scoring eight of them.

The 28-year-old former Manchester United player now has 27 goals in 19 appearances for club and country this season, including four hat-tricks.

It was the perfect warm-up for his showdown with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who also scored a hat-trick for Paris St-Germain, when Portugal face Sweden in a World Cup qualifying play-off, the first leg taking place in Portugal on 15 November.

Ronaldo was unlucky not to open the scoring in the seventh minute when his 25-yard effort hit the bar.

But he did not have to wait long to celebrate as he pulled down Benzema's deep cross before drilling past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from a tight angle after 12 minutes.

Ronaldo then returned the favour six minutes later with a pull-back that the France international side-footed past Bravo to make it 2-0.

It was 3-0 after 26 minutes, Ronaldo winning a penalty when his low shot went through Markel Bergara's legs and hit the defender's trailing arm.

It was tough on Bergara but Ronaldo was not about to waste the chance as he fired home his second from the spot.

The game was as good as over for Sociedad at that point, but the agony was not and Bale set up Khedira to rifle home Madrid's fourth from the edge of the box with nine minutes of the first half remaining.

Madrid continued to push for more goals but it was the visitors who netted next when Griezmann neatly lobbed home a through-ball from Carlos Vela after 61 minutes.

That was as good as it got for Sociedad though, and Ronaldo completed the scoring - and yet another hat-trick - with a 25-yard free-kick with 14 minutes left.

The win closed the gap on Barcelona but the league leaders visit struggling Real Betis on Sunday.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25López
  • 15Carvajal
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 53mins
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 70'minutes
  • 2Varane
  • 3PepeBooked at 29mins
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forIscoat 77'minutes
  • 19Modric
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 83'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 21Morata
  • 22Di María
  • 23Isco
  • 24Illarramendi

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bravo
  • 2MartínezSubstituted forAnsotegiat 59'minutes
  • 20Valdés Díaz
  • 4ElustondoSubstituted forZurutuzaat 45'minutes
  • 3GonzálezBooked at 76mins
  • 6Martínez Berridi
  • 11Vela
  • 5Bergara
  • 8SeferovicSubstituted forDe la Bellaat 45'minutes
  • 10Prieto Argarate
  • 7Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 9Agirretxe
  • 13Zubikarai
  • 15Ansotegi
  • 17Zurutuza
  • 18Castro
  • 23Ros Añón
  • 24De la Bella
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
77,427

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamReal Sociedad
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 5, Real Sociedad 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 5, Real Sociedad 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Carlos Vela with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Diego López.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ion Ansotegi with a headed pass following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Diego López.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alberto De la Bella (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xabi Prieto.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  12. Post update

    José Ángel (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Isco.

  15. Post update

    Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Sami Khedira.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 5, Real Sociedad 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  19. Booking

    Mikel González (Real Sociedad) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 9th November 2013

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona1211103472734
2Atl Madrid1211013082233
3Real Madrid13101235171831
4Villarreal127232012823
5Ath Bilbao137242018223
6Getafe136251714320
7Real Sociedad134541917217
8Granada135261113-217
9Levante134541317-417
10Valencia125161519-416
11Espanyol124351215-315
12Elche133551317-414
13Malaga133461519-413
14Sevilla123452025-513
15Celta Vigo133371418-412
16Almería133371524-912
17Rayo Vallecano134091230-1812
18Real Valladolid122551418-411
19Osasuna133191022-1210
20Real Betis122371120-99
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