Madrid have postponed Barcelona's title party following a convincing 6-2 win over Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez PizjuanReal Madrid bounced back from the midweek Champions League elimination to hammer Sevilla 6-2, thanks to an inspired Cristiano Ronaldo who netted four times to add on to further goals from Sergio Ramos and Kaka.
Los Blancos started the game at a high tempo, and were in possession of the ball for the majority of the first half. An early goal looked likely and the breakthrough should have came in the 10th minute when Karim Benzema missed a golden opportunity by heading wide from six yards after a wonderful cross from the right from Mesut Ozil.
Jose Mourinho's men found the opening goal in the 20th minute when Sergio Ramos rose above the crowd in the box to power in a header from 10 yards after a Mesut Ozil corner.
The away side looked were on the ascendancy, and almost went 2-0 up in the 22nd minute when Cristiano Ronaldo headed the ball onto the post from a Xabi Alonso corner kick to the far post.
Ronaldo doubled the lead of the away side in the 30th minute when Marcelo clipped the ball to the back post for Pepe to head back across goal to the Portuguese who had time to take a touch and smash the ball in on the half volley.
Sevilla's only half chance of the first half fell to Alvaro Negredo who glances the ball wide from the edge of the box.
Kaka grabbed the 3rd goal in the 41st minute when Lassana Diarra won the ball in midfield and sent Cristiano Ronaldo down the right hand side who cut the ball in to the Brazilian who traded a pass with Mesut Ozil on the right to receive the ball just outside the box and beautifully curl the ball into the bottom right corner.
In front of a vibrant Ramos Sanchez Pizjuan crowd, Real Madrid started the second half at a slower tempo, and Sevilla started to see slightly more of the ball in midfield. This possession paid off on the hour mark when Alvaro Negredo received the ball just outside of the box on the right hand side and lashed the ball into the bottom right corner past Iker Casillas.
The comeback of the home side was short lived however when Alvaro Negredo made a loose pass across the Sevilla box which Cristiano Ronaldo intercepted and went forward to lift the ball over the oncoming Javi Varas to make it 4-1.
Los Blancos made it five in the 70th minute when Mesut Ozil sent the ball through to Cristiano Ronaldo who had plenty of time to drive towards the Sevilla goal and pass the ball past Javi Varas into the bottom left corner.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the evening when Mesut Ozil sent a diagonal pass across to Karim Benzema who managed to dig out a pass on the byline across the goal to Ronaldo who easily tapped the ball in at the far post.
Sevilla grabbed a consolation goal in the 84th minute when Negredo rose high above Arbeloa at the back post to power a header in the bottom left corner after a corner kick from the right hand side.
This victory leaves Los Blancos trailing Barcelona by four points with three games to go in La Liga for Jose Mourinho's side. Sevilla remain on 52 points and continue to fight for a European place next year.