Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick as Real Madrid recorded a thumping 6-0 victory in their opening La Liga game of the seasonReal Madrid kicked off the new La Liga campaign with a bang with an impressive 6-0 win against Zaragoza at La Romareda.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 24th minute before Marcelo doubled the lead five minutes later. Xabi Alonso made in three, and Ronaldo added his second before subsitute Kaka made it five in the 83rd minute. Ronaldo completed his hat-trick three minutes from time to send Madrid to top of the day on matchday one.
Madrid started brightly and created the first real chance of the game in the 10th minute with Mesut Ozil coming close. Ricardo Carvalho made a galloping run through the centre of the pitch before sliding a well-weighted through ball to the German playmaker, who saw his low effort from just inside the box comfortably saved by Roberto.
The visitors threatened to break the deadlock again on 15 minutes but Karim Benzema was unable to get the better of Roberto, who enjoyed a decent start to his second spell at the Aragonese club. Benzema controlled Ozil's pass well, yet his powerful drive from 12 yards out was tipped around the post.
Jose Mourinho's men did not have to wait long to score their first goal of the 2011-12 Liga campaign when Cristiano Ronaldo struck on 24 minutes. The Portuguese controlled an effortless through ball from the impressive Ozil before lashing into the net from 12 yards out, past the helpless keeper.
Madrid doubled their lead five minutes later when the unmarked Marcelo struck. Sergio Ramos did well to maraud down the right wing before chipping an inviting cross into the box, which Marcelo duly met before despatching past Roberto to give the 2011 Copa del Rey winners a 2-0 lead at half-time.
The away team started the second half in similar fashion to how they ended the first - in cruise control. In the 53rd minute Ronaldo's fizzing 25 yard effort was fumbled by Roberto into the path of Angel di Maria who somehow managed to miss the empty net from six yards out.
Mourinho's side continued to keep Zaragoza under pressure and the result was put beyond doubt on 64 minutes when Xabi Alonso struck. Di Maria's shot deflected off Fernando Meira and into the path of the Spanish international who made no mistake in drilling the ball into the bottom right corner from 25 yards out.
The night went from bad to worse for Javier Aguirre's team when Ronaldo grabbed his second of the night to make it 4-0. Marcelo started the attack with an excellent challenge on Angel Lafita before storming upfield and laying the ball to Benzema. The French striker then played in Di Maria who saw Ronaldo direct his low cross into the net from close range.
Zaragoza continued to crumble and on 82 minutes when the substitute Kaka netted. Some clever link-up play from Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao led to the Brazilian left-back playing the ball to his compatriot, who made his way into the box before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net.
Ronaldo grabbed his hat-trick and 14th goal in his last five league appearances minutes later to complete Zaragoza's humiliation.
Kaka's angled shot was bundled into the path of Ronaldo who had the easy task of tapping the ball into an empty goal from two yards to round off Madrid's impressive performance, in what was a marker laid down by Jose Mourinho's side for the season ahead.