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Remarkable Ronaldo puts Madrid ten points clear

Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 23.30CET
Cristiano Ronaldo struck his sixth Liga hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid CF came from behind to beat ten-man Levante UD 4-2 and go ten points clear of FC Barcelona at the summit.

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Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 23.30CET

Remarkable Ronaldo puts Madrid ten points clear

Cristiano Ronaldo struck his sixth Liga hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid CF came from behind to beat ten-man Levante UD 4-2 and go ten points clear of FC Barcelona at the summit.

Real Madrid CF were once again left thankful for the remarkable Cristiano Ronaldo after battling back from behind to defeat Levante UD 4-2.

Madrid are now ten points clear of FC Barcelona at the head of the Liga after their perennial rivals suffered a 3-2 reverse against CA Osasuna on Saturday. The capital club did not always look destined to extend their lead into double figures, however, as Gustavo Cabral gave Levante an unexpected fifth-minute lead.

The result hinged on Vicente Iborra's dismissal on 43 minutes, with Ronaldo drawing José Mourinho's team level from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. The Portugal forward wrapped up his sixth Liga hat-trick of the season with a header and splendid shot within 12 minutes of the restart, before Karim Benzema completed the scoring after Arouna Koné had briefly restored hope for the visitors.

Eight points adrift of Barcelona in third are Valencia CF following their comprehensive 4-0 home win against Real Sporting de Gijón. RCD Espanyol are fifth, meanwhile, after they suffered a surprise 2-0 home loss against bottom-placed Real Zaragoza, previously without a league victory since mid-October.

Elsewhere, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid beat ten-man Getafe CF 2-0, seventh-placed Málaga CF triumphed 3-1 against RCD Mallorca and Villarreal CF defeated Granada CF by the same scoreline.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.10CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 22/02/2012 15:46 CET

12/02/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid4-2LevanteLevante

Cristiano Ronaldo 45 (penalty), 50, 57, Benzema 66

Cabral 5, Koné 63

Venue: Madrid

12/02/2012

VillarrealVillarreal3-1GranadaGranada

Marco Ruben 16, Borja Valero 64, Júlio César 73 (o.g.)

López 50

Venue: Castellon

12/02/2012

ValenciaValencia4-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Feghouli 33, Botía 73 (o.g.), Jonas 90+1, 90+3

Venue: Valencia

12/02/2012

RayoRayo2-0GetafeGetafe

Pérez Cuesta 34, Diego Costa 64

Venue: Madrid

12/02/2012

MálagaMálaga3-1MallorcaMallorca

Fernández 11, Toulalan 55, Rondón 69

Pereira 4

Venue: Malaga

12/02/2012

EspanyolEspanyol0-2ZaragozaZaragoza

Da Silva 55, Juan Carlos 90+3

Venue: Barcelona

11/02/2012

BetisBetis2-1AthleticAthletic

Rubén 10, Nélson 90+1

Javi Martínez 22

Venue: Sevilla

11/02/2012

OsasunaOsasuna3-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Lekić 4, 22, Raúl García 56

Alexis Sánchez 51, Tello 73

Venue: Pamplona

11/02/2012

RacingRacing0-0AtléticoAtlético

Venue: Santander

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