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Ronaldo fires Madrid, Sevilla blunt Barcelona

Published: Saturday 22 October 2011, 23.50CET
Cristiano Ronaldo scored another hat-trick to inspire Real Madrid CF to a 4-0 win at Málaga CF and take them ahead of FC Barcelona, denied by brilliant Sevilla FC goalkeeper Javi Varas.

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Published: Saturday 22 October 2011, 23.50CET

Ronaldo fires Madrid, Sevilla blunt Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo scored another hat-trick to inspire Real Madrid CF to a 4-0 win at Málaga CF and take them ahead of FC Barcelona, denied by brilliant Sevilla FC goalkeeper Javi Varas.

Cristiano Ronaldo registered his third Liga hat-trick this season to inspire Real Madrid CF to a 4-0 win at Málaga CF and leave them a point ahead of FC Barcelona, held 0-0 in dramatic fashion by Sevilla FC.

Gonzalo Higuaín scored for the fourth straight league game to put Madrid ahead on 11 minutes before Ronaldo took over. In the 23rd minute he turned in an Ángel Di María cross, soon after struck from distance and the treble was complete before half-time in acrobatic style, joining Lionel Messi on ten for the season.

Then at Camp Nou, inspired Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas was set to becaone the first to keep a clean sheet against Barcelona all season when, in added time, Andrés Iniesta was fouled in the area by Federico Fazia, Frédéric Kanouté sent off in the aftermath. But Vasas saved Messi's penalty and although Fernando Navarro was also dismissed, Sevilla preserved their unbeaten record, three points behind Madrid. Levante UD will end the weekend ahead of both Madrid and Barcelona if they win at Villarreal CF in the last of Sunday's six games.

RCD Espanyol are into the top eight a 1-0 win at Real Racing Club, now the only side without a victory as Real Sporting de Gijón defeated fellow strugglers Grenada CF 2-0.

Last updated: 09/01/14 1.30CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

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Last updated: 24/10/2011 20:15 CET

22/10/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona0-0SevillaSevilla

Venue: Barcelona

22/10/2011

MálagaMálaga0-4Real MadridReal Madrid

Higuaín 11, Cristiano Ronaldo 23, 28, 38

Venue: Malaga

22/10/2011

RacingRacing0-1EspanyolEspanyol

Sergio García 59

Venue: Santander

22/10/2011

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón2-0GranadaGranada

Barral 6, André Castro 42

Venue: Gijon

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