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Played
November 9, 2013 4:00 PM WAT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Juan Martínez‎
Attendance:‬ 77427‎
 
Top of the Match
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Flop of the Match
Mikel González Martínez
Mikel González Martínez
Real Sociedad
Mikel González Martínez
Mikel González Martínez
Real Sociedad

Real Madrid 5-1 Real Sociedad: Ronaldo hat-trick fires ruthless Blancos to victory

The Portuguese hit his 23rd treble for the capital club as Karim Benzema and Sami Khedria also scored in a rout of Jagoba Arrasate's side

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Sociedad La Liga 11092013
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Another hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo saw Real Madrid put Real Sociedad to the sword with a 5-1 thrashing at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The away side started the match brightly, but Ronaldo gave Real an early lead as he fired home following Karim Benzema's pin-point left-wing delivery, before the Portuguese returned the favour for his French team-mate for the second soon after.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti stated before the match that he would not rotate Ronaldo - who has now scored nine goals in his last four games - while he is in such a rich vein of form, and the former Manchester United man repaid that faith by slotting in a penalty for his 161st La Liga goal and Real's third of the game on 26 minutes.

World-record signing Gareth Bale set up Sami Khedira for the fourth goal before the break, and although Antoine Griezmann scored in a fifth successive match for Sociedad after the break, Ronaldo ensured he would leave with the match ball by burying a 76th minute free-kick to seal his 19th La Liga hat-trick.

Ancelotti made three changes to the side that won 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano in their last league match, with the most notable switch seeing Alvaro Arbeloa replacing the suspended Sergio Ramos, while the visitors made four alterations from their 5-0 win over Osasuna.

Ronaldo struck the crossbar early on, but in the eighth minute he would not be denied as Benzema floated a clever cross to him at the far post where he smashed ball past the helpless Claudio Bravo.

It did not take the hosts long to double their lead as Ronaldo returned the favour for Benzema, laying the ball off for the France international to fire low past Bravo in the 18th minute.

Sociedad looked in danger of getting humiliated by this point, and things went from bad to worse when Markel Bergara conceded a penalty for handball on 26 minutes, allowing the irrepressible Ronaldo to net his second of the game.

The hosts continued to run riot thereafter and got their fourth nine minutes before the break as Bale passed to Khedira on the edge of the area and the German blasted past Bravo.

The second half started at a significantly slower tempo as Real had already all but secured the three points, while the visitors looked determined to keep the score as respectable as possible.

Jagoba Arrasate's men were clearly aggrieved not be awarded a penalty on the hour mark as Diego Lopez tripped Griezmann but, just a minute later, the Frenchman latched on to Carlos Vela's lofted pass and cleverly looped the ball over the goalkeeper to pull one back.

The lively Griezmann was in again shortly after, but after bursting behind the Madrid defence he could only poke a close-range effort just past Lopez’s right-hand post.

Ronaldo killed off any slim hopes of a late comeback as he drove in his 16th league goal of the season from a set-piece 16 minutes from time, moving Real on to 31 points, two behind Atletico Madrid and three adrift of leaders Barcelona.


Real Madrid CF

25
3.50
2
Raphaël Varane
Defender
3.50
3
Pepe
Defender
29′
3.00
15
Daniel Carvajal
Defender
3.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
53′
3.50
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
36′ 77′
4.00
11
Gareth Bale
Midfielder
36′
4.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
70′
4.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
4.00
7
Cristiano Ronaldo
Midfielder
12′ 18′ 26′ 76′
5.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
12′ 18′ 83′
4.00

Real Sociedad

2.00
1
Claudio Bravo
Goalkeeper
1.50
2
2.00
6
2.00
20
1.50
5
Markel Bergara
Midfielder
1.50
10
Xabi Prieto
Midfielder
3.50
7
1.50
8
2.00
11

Substitutes

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
 - 
22
 - 
23
Isco
Midfielder
77′
3.00
24
3.00
20
 - 
21
Morata
Striker
83′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
Zubikarai
Goalkeeper
2.50
15
2.50
24
2.50
17
Zurutuza
Midfielder
46′
 - 
18
 - 
23
Javier Ros
Midfielder
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0