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Ton up for Ronaldo as Madrid score five

Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 22.09CET
Cristiano Ronaldo passed a century of Liga goals for Real Madrid CF by scoring twice in a 5-1 defeat of Real Sociedad de Fútbol, while Lionel Messi was on target as FC Barcelona won.

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Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 22.09CET

Ton up for Ronaldo as Madrid score five

Cristiano Ronaldo passed a century of Liga goals for Real Madrid CF by scoring twice in a 5-1 defeat of Real Sociedad de Fútbol, while Lionel Messi was on target as FC Barcelona won.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th top-flight goal for Real Madrid CF as the Liga leaders returned to winning ways after ten-man FC Barcelona had ramped up the pressure by overcoming RCD Mallorca.

Having had their advantage over the Azulgrana reduced to six points in the last week following successive 1-1 draws, Madrid were back to their free-scoring best against Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Gonzalo Higuaín (6) setting them on their way.

Ronaldo's landmark strike, on just his 92nd league appearance for the club, and a lob from Karim Benzema extended the hosts' lead before the break, with the pair scoring again in the second half as Madrid registered five goals or more in a match for the ninth time this season. Xabi Prieto (41) replied for Sociedad, who remain 14th.

The win restored their six-point cushion over Barcelona, who had earlier won 2-0 at Mallorca. Lionel Messi (25) opened the scoring with a free-kick which evaded everyone, despite Alexis Sánchez's attempt to apply the finishing touch, although it was not until the latter stages that the points were secured through Gerard Piqué’s opportunist strike.

Josep Guardiola’s team had been down to ten men since Thiago Alcántara was dismissed in the 56th minute for a second booking. Elsewhere, Pedro Rios (12), Miku (24) and a Bruno own goal (30) ensured Getafe CF came from behind to beat third-placed Valencia CF 3-1.

Last updated: 05/12/13 9.16CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 24/03/2012 23:55 CET

24/03/2012

GetafeGetafe3-1ValenciaValencia

Ríos 12, Miku 24, Bruno Saltor 30 (o.g.)

Soldado 5

Venue: Madrid

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Real MadridReal Madrid5-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Higuaín 6, Cristiano Ronaldo 32, 56, Benzema 40, 49

Xabier Prieto 41

Venue: Madrid

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MallorcaMallorca0-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Messi 25, Piqué 79

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

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