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30.09.2012 » Real Madrid 5-1 Deportivo. Comfortable win with a Ronaldo hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating hat-trick in Real Madrid 5-1 Deportivo, for the Spanish League 2012-2013

The Merengues will continue chasing Barcelona in La Liga from an 8 points distance, after beating Deportivo de la Coruña by 5-1 this Sunday night, at the Santiago Bernabéu. Cristiano Ronaldo got his first hat-trick of the season and helped his side pulling off a comfortable victory against last season's Spanish Division Two champions.

Deportivo visited the Bernabéu tonight with high hopes of causing a surprise in the Spanish League, but Real Madrid reacted well to the early goal conceded around the first quart of an hour and earned a 5-1 victory at the end. The Coruña side got the first lead of the game, but then clearly failed to hold Real Madrid's response, as they saw José Mourinho's men taking over things and scoring a total of 5 goals. One of the most important players in that reaction was precisely Cristiano Ronaldo, as he found the path to goal in 3 different ocasions, two of those from the penalty spot. Pepe and Angel di María scored the remaining two goals in a game where Deportivo barely managed to create problems to Real Madrid's goalkeeper, Iker Casillas.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Real Madrid vs Deportivo
Real Madrid 5-1 Deportivo goals and highlights:

The Merengues didn't start the game with the right foot and ended up conceding the first goal of the night, near the 15th minute of the first half. Deportivo came up with a good and fast combination of passes, on which Bruno Gama assisted Riki as the Spanish forward prepared to enter Real Madrid's penalty area. Raphael Varane, who replaced Sergio Ramos in the center of defense, hesitated when he attempted to stop the Deportivo's forward and Riki easily got past him on his way to beat Iker Casillas and put his side one goal up at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The reaction came roughly 8 minutes later, from an individual play by Angel Di María, who dribbled Deportivo's defender Manuel Pablo, just before getting tackled from behind, precisely in the moment when he was entering the penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot and Cristiano Ronaldo easily scored the equalizer, that would mark the beginning of the "remontada".

Cristiano Ronaldo responding to the Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu and saying thank you, in 2012-2013

Real Madrid kept dominating the game, even though they weren't playing at their best. Close to the 38th minute of the first half, Modric was left with plenty of time and space to decide what to do with the ball near Deportivo's area and that turned out to be fatal for the Coruña side. The Croatian midfielder made a low pass to exploit a big gap in Deportivo's defense line, that would met Angel Di María, as the Argentinian sprinted from behind. With only the goalkeeper in front of him, Di María striked the ball with his left-foot, but saw it being deflected to the right post. The ball luckily rebounded to his own head and an easy touch was enough to put Real Madrid on the lead for the first time on the night.

There was still time for a third goal before half-time and it was Cristiano Ronaldo who once again showed up, this time scoring from a header. The Portuguese forward got his second of the night after seizing an opportunity that came up from a rebound of a Sergio Ramos shot. The Spanish defender gave his place on the center of defense to Varane, but took Arbeloa's right-back position, which allowed the Merengues to also create danger from his runs down the right wing.

Cristiano Ronaldo happy again at Real Madrid, in the Santiago Bernabéu, in 2012-2013

Whatever strategy Deportivo had prepared to this game, it may have fallen immediatly after Real Madrid got the equalizer. The second-half didn't show anything new and the Merengues played as they wanted, slowing down the pace of the game whenever they felt the need for it. Without pushing forward insistently, José Mourinho's men were still able to extend the lead near the 66th minute of the game. Xabi Alonso took a free-kick on the left attacking side and made a well timed cross to Pepe, assisting the Portuguese for a good header and his first goal of the season for Real Madrid.

The game wouldn't end without Cristiano Ronaldo completing his hat-trick though. Kaká's attempt of crossing the ball into Deportivo's area was denied by Evaldo's right arm and the referee had no problems in pointing to the penalty mark for the 2nd time in the same game. As usual, Cristiano Ronaldo was the man called to assume the responsability and he didn't miss. The Portuguese star scored his 9th goal of the season for Real Madrid, precisely his 6th in La Liga, allowing him to tie with Messi at the 2nd place and to be just one goal behind Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao. Next weekend we have the first La Liga clasico of this campaign and Real Madrid will have a great opportunity to close the current 8 points gap to Barcelona. You can watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live stream from this game that will be held at the Camp Nou, from our "Live" section.

Cristiano Ronaldo being a leader, during a Real Madrid game in 2012-2013

Real Madrid line-up vs Deportivo de la Coruña:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas
Defenders: Marcelo, Varane, Pepe, Sergio Ramos
Midfielders: Khedira, Ozil, Modric
Attackers: Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuaín

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
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Cristiano Ronaldo's next game for Real Madrid will be against Ajax, next Wednesday (03-10-2012), for the UEFA Champions League group stage. In the meanwhile, you can watch Nordsjaelland vs Chelsea, Benfica vs Barcelona, QPR vs West Ham and Juventus vs Shakhtar Donetsk, all matches provided from our football live streams section.

Real Madrid next game:
Ajax vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (03-10-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+8: 02:45
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-1: 17:45
New York (United States) | GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-7: 11:45
Beijing (China) | GMT-7: 11:45

Sources: ronaldo7.net / guardian.co.uk

Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a penalty-kick in Real Madrid vs Deportivo de la Coruña, for La Liga 2012-2013

Sergio Ramos playing for Real Madrid against Deportivo, in 2012-2013

Modric in action for Real Madrid vs Deportivo, in La Liga 2012-2013

Marcelo holding the ball before making a free-throw, in Real Madrid 2012-2013

Iker Casillas in Real Madrid, wearing a green shirt, jersey and uniform kit, in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di María, preparing to hug each other in Real Madrid 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo raising his finger to the air, in Real Madrid 5-1 Deportivo, in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebration in Real Madrid 5-1 victory against Deportivo de la Coruña, for the Spanish League in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo dedicating his Real Madrid goal to his father, in 2012-2013

Pepe clapping the Real Madrid fans from the Ultra Sur hooligans area, at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo hugging Ricardo Kaká after a Real Madrid goal in 2012-2013

Mesut Ozil running with the ball, in Real Madrid vs Deportivo, in La Liga 2012-2013

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