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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 11 La Liga goals this season

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad to warm up for Wednesday's Champions League tie with Paris St-Germain.

Ronaldo set up Lucas Vazquez to head a first-minute opener, then blasted home from Marcelo's cross.

Toni Kroos added a third before Ronaldo headed in Luka Modric's corner.

Jon Bautista pulled one back after the break, but Ronaldo scored his third from close range before Asier Illarramendi's volleyed consolation.

Confidence booster for PSG tie

With Real Madrid long out of the La Liga title race - they are 16 points behind Barcelona even after this win - the Champions League is their last remaining hope for the season - and perhaps for Zinedine Zidane's job.

Real became the first team to successfully defend the Champions League last season, both successes coming in Zidane's two years in charge. But they have been poor domestically this season.

Zidane named a strong side against 14th-placed Real Sociedad, with only Gareth Bale and Casemiro rested from their last match, and he was rewarded with a good performance and result - a couple of defensive blips aside.

They could - and should - have won by more, with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who was booed by the home fans after missing a last-minute sitter, also hitting the woodwork.

Bale did come on late on, and had a hand in Ronaldo's third, his shot being parried straight to the Portuguese to score.

Real - who move up to third in the table - host PSG on Wednesday in the Champions League round of 16 first leg, with the trip to France not until Tuesday, 6 March.

Ronaldo finding domestic form

Ronaldo's Champions League form was never in doubt this season - he became the first player in history to score in each group game, scoring nine times in the six games.

But he had scored only four La Liga goals before the new year.

However, seven goals in his last four games suggest that was an anomaly for a player who has now scored 33 hat-tricks in the Spanish top flight.

He looked full of confidence as he struck three times, and could have scored more - hitting the post and heading wide from close range towards the end.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Navas
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 49mins
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forIscoat 63'minutes
  • 10ModricSubstituted forKovacicat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forBaleat 73'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 11Bale
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 19Hakimi
  • 22Isco
  • 23Kovacic

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rulli
  • 19Odriozola
  • 15Elustondo
  • 22Navas
  • 24de la BellaBooked at 47mins
  • 16CanalesSubstituted forBautistaat 60'minutes
  • 4Illarramendi
  • 17ZurutuzaSubstituted forZubeldiaat 60'minutes
  • 18Oyarzabal
  • 10Prieto Argarate
  • 7JuanmiSubstituted forGuridiat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Llorente
  • 5Zubeldia
  • 9Agirretxe
  • 13Ramírez Martínez
  • 20Rodrigues
  • 21Bautista
  • 23Guridi
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
63,800

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamReal Sociedad
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 5, Real Sociedad 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 5, Real Sociedad 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alberto de la Bella (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Igor Zubeldia.

  5. Booking

    Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  7. Post update

    Jon Bautista (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a set piece situation.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Navas (Real Sociedad).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aritz Elustondo (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi with a cross following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid).

  13. Post update

    Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Isco tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Igor Zubeldia (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Xabi Prieto.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Jon Guridi replaces Juanmi.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 5, Real Sociedad 2. Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juanmi with a headed pass following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 5, Real Sociedad 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 10th February 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona22184060114958
2Atl Madrid2315713492552
3Real Madrid22126450232742
4Valencia22124642261640
5Villarreal2311483428637
6Eibar2310583234-235
7Sevilla2210392834-633
8Celta Vigo229493932731
9Girona228773129231
10Real Betis2293103745-830
11Getafe227872621529
12Leganés228592022-229
13Ath Bilbao2361072425-128
14Real Sociedad2375114345-226
15Espanyol226791929-1025
16Alavés2381142133-1225
17Levante2231182032-1220
18Las Palmas2353151750-3318
19Dep La Coruña2245132451-2717
20Malaga2334161436-2213
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