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Primera División

  • 10 May 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Rafael Ramírez Domínguez
  • • Attendance: 70000

Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick denies Barcelona early title celebrations

Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick denies Barcelona early title celebrations


Mourinho's men take La Liga one day further after victory over their city rivals at the Bernabeu with their Portuguese forward doing the damage with Benzema also on target

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Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Real Madrid produced an emphatic display to pick up a 4-0 victory over relegation-threatened Getafe, putting Barcelona's La Liga title party on hold in the process.

Ronaldo gave the hosts a lead that they never relinquished in the 24th minute as Madrid ensured Guardiola’s side would have to earn a point on Wednesday evening to secure the title.

The Portuguese attacker scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season either side of Karim Benzema’s strike to ensure a comfortable evening for Real.  

It was Ronaldo’s 48th goal in all competition, making him the most successful Real Madrid player in history in terms of goals scored in a single season, beating a record previously held by Ferenc Puskas.

As expected Madrid began the brighter of the two sides but were left frustrated with Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain both wasting promising positions.

Getafe found themselves a goal down when Cristiano Ronaldo rose highest to meet Mesut Oezil’s inviting cross to send a decisive header beyond a helpless Oscar Ustari.

Mourinho’s side came close to doubling their lead in similar fashion, but Ronaldo put his effort over the bar after he had got underneath the ball.

Despite Madrid’s dominance, Getafe came close to an equaliser before half-time when Adrian Colunga was denied by a vital block after his bullet header was on course to give the visitors a life-line.

Real’s second goal came soon after the interval when Getafe failed to clear allowing Oezil to roll the ball across to Ronaldo who steadied himself before lashing home his 35th La Liga goal.

Oezil continued to dictate the tempo of the game, and Higuain was within a whisker of controlling the German's through ball after the former Werder Bremen man had spun his marker brilliantly.

Getafe lacked the required quality when they did venture into the final third and it was all too easy for Ricardo Carvalho and co. to clear their lines.

Madrid finished the game in emphatic fashion when Xabi Alonso produced a ball of awe-inspiring quality. It found Benzema, who controlled brilliantly with his first touch of the game and then put the ball out of Ustari’s reach with a deft lob with his second.

Ronaldo came close to a second hat-trick in four days when Emmanuel Adebayor unselfishly squared the ball for his team-mate only for the Portuguese attacker to be denied by Ustari.

Madrid continued to search for their fourth goal of the evening, and the opportunity fell to Ronaldo when he was fouled in the penalty area. The Portuguese picked himself up to cheekily chip the ball into the net to move to 36 goals for the season, five clear of Lionel Messi in the hunt for the Pichichi trophy.

The win for Mourinho’s men ensures that Barcelona will have to secure a point on Wednesday evening to guarantee a third-consecutive La Liga trophy for the Catalan side.

Getafe face troubles at the foot of the table, however, as they take on an in-form Osasuna in the fight for survival at the weekend, Michel’s men are just one point clear of the drop zone with two fixtures remaining.

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