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First Division - Day 6

Real Madrid 5 - Deportivo 1

Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Khedira, Modric (Xabi Alonso 57'); Di María, Özil (Kaká 46'), Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín (Benzema 64'). 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Aranzubia; Manuel Pablo (Laure 46'), Marchena, Zé Castro, Evaldo; Abel Aguilar, Alex Bergantiños; Bruno Gama, Juan Domínguez (Camuñas 69'), Pizzi; Riki (Nelson Oliveira 55'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 16. Riki. Picked up ball on edge of area and steered shot wide of Casillas.
1-1. 23. Ronaldo (penalty). After Manuel Pablo tripped Di María inside area.
2-1. 38. Di María. Headed ball in to net after Aranzubia turned shot on to post.
3-1. 44. Ronaldo. Headed ball down in to net after keeper saved from Ramos.
4-1. 65. Pepe. Ran in to head Xabi Alonso free kick past keeper on near post.
5-1. 83. Ronaldo (penalty). After Evaldo blocked Kaká cross with hand in area.

Yellow cards: Manuel Pablo 22', Özil 33', Modric 49', Evaldo 82', Laure 82'.

Just one week to go to the next "Clásico" in the Nou Camp, and Real Madrid threw down the gauntlet to arch-rivals Barcelona with a convincing 5-1 win over Deportivo on Sunday. The Galicians actually went ahead when Madrid old-boy Riki beat Casillas, but Ronaldo equalised from the penalty spot after Manuel Pablo tripped Di María midway through the first half. A few minutes later Modric put Di María away, and although Aranzubia managed to deflect his shot on to the post, the Argentinian midfielder ran on to head the rebound in to the net. And with the first half coming to a close Ronaldo made it three, running in to head the ball down in to the net after the visiting keeper could only parry an angled shot from Sergio Ramos. Mourinho brought on Kaká and Xabi Alonso in the second half, and twenty minutes after the restart Pepe got on the end of a long Alonso free kick to head the fourth. Soon afterwards Aranzubia had to save from Ronaldo and Kaká, and Camuñas was pulled up for a borderline offside in a rare Deportivo attack. With eight minutes to go though Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a second penalty after Kaká's cross hit Evaldo on the hand, keeping Madrid eight points behind the leaders going in to next Sunday's big game.