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Ronaldo double takes Real Madrid four points clear

Ronaldo double takes Real Madrid four points clear
Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a week where he was named world player of the year for the third time scoring a double as Real Madrid opened up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win away to Getafe on Sunday.

The visitors had to wait 63 minutes to make the breakthrough before he fired home from Karim Benzema’s wonderful assist to set them on the road to victory.

Gareth Bale then doubled the visitors’ lead before Ronaldo rounded off the scoring with a trademark header from James Rodriguez’s cross. Barcelona can cut Madrid’s lead back to a solitary point when they travel to Deportivo la Coruna later on Sunday.  “It is true at the start we didn’t play with a lot of intensity. At the start we played a bit slow, but I liked the performance because the team played with intelligence and much better in the second-half than the first.  I think the whole team played well, but the assist by Karim (Benzema) opened the game up for us. It was extraordinary,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Perhaps suffering from the after effects of their Copa del Rey elimination to Atletico Madrid in midweek Madrid started sluggishly, but were rarely threatened by a goal-shy Getafe.

The winning margin could even have been greater for Ancelotti’s men as Ronaldo outfoxed Codina with a free-kick that whistled inches past the post with the ‘keeper beaten.
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