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Ronaldo on song as Real rout Deportivo

Ronaldo on song as Real rout Deportivo
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Real Madrid kept on the trail of leaders Barcelona with a 5-1 rout of Deportivo La Coruna.

The visitors took a shock lead after 15 minutes through Riki on Sunday but Madrid quickly bounced back with Ronaldo hitting his first from the penalty spot after Angel Di  Maria was felled.

It was Di Maria himself who put his team ahead and then Ronaldo got his second shortly before the break.

With Madrid controlling the game Pepe headed home and Ronaldo scored another penalty in the second half to complete the rout and remain eight points behind Barcelona who beat  Sevilla 3-2 on Saturday. While Barca have won all six of their opening games, Madrid made a stuttering start but will now go into next weekend’s El Clasico with back-to-back wins and Ronaldo hitting  form.

‘We know that it is going to be difficult against Barcelona and we are away from home but we have to be concentrated and confident that we can win there. We will go out to  win,’ said Ronaldo.

 ‘We didn’t start with the right mentality against Deportivo but after we went 1-0 down we made a good comeback. We are doing okay but we know that we cannot afford to drop any more points.’

 Deportivo coach Jose Luis Oltra admitted that it was a poor performance. ‘We didn’t even deserve to go 1-0 in front as we had done nothing up to then,’ he said. ‘We have to pick ourselves up now and correct the errors but I don’t think it will affect us badly the size of the scoreline.

Atletico Madrid won their fifth league game in succession as a Raul Garcia header gave them a 1-0 victory over Espanyol.

Earlier Valladolid demolished Rayo Valladolid 6-1, Osasuna made easy work of Levante with a 4-0 victory Granada beat Celta 2-1.
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