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Real Madrid 3-0 Celta de Vigo

Real Madrid v Celta Vigo

Cristiano Ronaldo set two personal milestones as he led Real Madrid to a record-equalling 18th-straight win on a historic night at the Bernabeu.

The Portugal forward has now scored more hat-tricks than any other La Liga player after completing his 23rd treble with his 200th Spanish top-flight goal.

He put Madrid ahead by drilling in a disputed penalty, after he had been fouled under seemingly minimal contact.

And his clinical volley and guided finish moved Real four points clear.

Ronaldo, who is the favourite to win the 2014 Ballon d'Or for his performances this year, was given a standing ovation as he was substituted towards the end of another memorable performance.

The 29-year-old had scored the same number of hat-tricks as legendary Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stefano and Telmo Zarra of Athletic Bilbao, and eclipsed their tallies when he steered in Marcelo's cross.

And it also meant he reached his second century of La Liga goals in his 178th match for Real.

Ronaldo illuminated the Bernabeu in the final stages of what had been a largely uninspiring performance from Carlo Ancelotti's side against mid-table Celta.

Celta shaded possession against their illustrious rivals, but failed to have a meaningful shot on target at Iker Casillas' goal.

And Ronaldo took advantage to fire Madrid to their 18th successive victory in all competitions - matching the Spanish record set by Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona between October 2005 and January 2006.

Meanwhile, defending champions Atletico Madrid moved up to second after a 2-0 win at Elche earlier on Saturday, although Barcelona can overtake - and reduce the gap on Real back to two points when they host Espanyol on Sunday.

La Liga's all-time leading scorers
PlayerGoalsClub(s)Years
Lionel Messi253Barcelona2004-present
Telmo Zarra251Athletic Bilbao1940-1955
Hugo Sanchez234Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano1981-1994
Raul228Real Madrid1994-2010
Alfredo di Stefano 227Real Madrid1953-1966
Cesar Rodriguez223Barcelona, Granada1939-1955
Quini219Sporting Gijon, Barcelona1970-1987
Pahino210Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Deportivo, Granada1943-1956
Cristiano Ronaldo200Real Madrid2009-present
Edmundo Suarez195Valencia1939-1950
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo converted a controversial first-half penalty which led to the Celta players surrounding the referee
Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portugal skipper doubled Madrid's lead with a superb 15-yard volley
Cristiano Ronaldo
Then, he took outright control of La Liga's hat-trick record in the final 10 minutes

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 75mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosBooked at 87mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 11Bale
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezBooked at 38minsSubstituted forArbeloaat 53'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forda Silva Coentrãoat 80'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forHernándezat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 26Medrán

Celta Vigo

  • 1Álvarez Conde
  • 2Mallo Novegil
  • 22CabralBooked at 11minsSubstituted forGómez Solaat 74'minutes
  • 3Fontás
  • 19Castro OttoBooked at 35mins
  • 23Krohn-DehliSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 82'minutes
  • 5HernándezBooked at 77mins
  • 6Radoja
  • 14OrellanaSubstituted forFernándezat 70'minutes
  • 11Larrivey
  • 10NolitoBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 7Mina Lorenzo
  • 8López
  • 9Dias de Oliveira
  • 13Blanco
  • 20Gómez Sola
  • 21Planas
  • 24Fernández
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
80,300

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamCelta Vigo
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away21

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