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First Division - Day 4

Deportivo 2 - Real Madrid 8

Deportivo: Lux; Laure, Sidnei, Diakité, Luisinho; Alex Bergantiños, Medunjanin; Juanfran (Juan Domínguez 46’), Fariña (Toché 73’), Isaac Cuenca; Hélder Postiga (Cavaleiro 46’). 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Iker Casillas; Arbeloa, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modric (Isco 70’), Kroos; Bale (Chicharito Hernández 76’), James Rodríguez, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema (Illarramendi 58’). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 28. Cristiano Ronaldo. Looped long header wide of Lux from Arbeloa cross.
0-2. 36. James. Picked up Benzema pass and fired shot in to far top corner of net.
0-3. 41. Cristiano Ronaldo. Rolled ball in to empty net after Lux fouled Benzema.
1-3. 51. Medunjanin (penalty). After Ramos adjudged to have handled in area.
1-4. 66. Bale. Ran on to Marcelo pass and turned angled shot in off far post.
1-5. 74. Bale. Collected Isco through ball and lifted angled shot over keeper.
1-6. 78. Cristiano Ronaldo. Struck shot past Lux after James won ball off Sidnei.
2-6. 84. Toché. Got clear of marker to head Isaac Cuenca cross wide of Casillas.
2-7. 88. Chicharito. Controlled Isco centre and curled shot inside near post.
2-8. 92. Chicharito. Shot from outside area which deflected off Sidnei over Lux.

Yellow cards:Sergio Ramos 50’, Sidnei 64’.

Real Madrid sent a message their rivals that it is way too early to write them off after an amazing 2-8 victory against Deportivo on Saturday afternoon. Cristiano Ronaldo had never scored in the Riazor stadium, but by half time he had netted twice, the first after hanging in the air to loop a long header past Lux, and the second in to an empty net after the keeper came out of his area and only succeeded in fouling Benzema. James fired home a spectacular goal in between, but Medunjanin got one back from the penalty spot early in the second half after the referee ruled that Ramos had deliberately blocked Cuenca’s header with his arm. Ancelotti took Benzema off though and moved Bale up front to join Ronaldo, and the Welsh winger scored twice in eight minutes after Marcelo and then Isco put him through. Ronaldo completed his hat-trick after James won the ball off Sidnei with twelve minutes to go, and although Toché headed in a second for the locals from Cuenca’s cross, substitute Chicharito helped himself to brace late on, the first an impressive shot in to the top corner of the net, and the second with a strike which deflected in off Sidnei. It was the first time in their history that Madrid had scored eight away from home in the league, and with five as well in the midweek Champions League match, they have now clocked up no less than thirteen in four days.