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Ronaldo at double as Madrid ease out of blocks

Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 23.50CET
Cristiano Ronaldo reached another landmark as Real Madrid CF recorded a flattering 3-0 victory over RC Celta da Vigo on a night when Villarreal CF moved into the top six.
Ronaldo at double as Madrid ease out of blocks
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after making it 2-0 ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 23.50CET

Ronaldo at double as Madrid ease out of blocks

Cristiano Ronaldo reached another landmark as Real Madrid CF recorded a flattering 3-0 victory over RC Celta da Vigo on a night when Villarreal CF moved into the top six.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th career goal as Real Madrid CF toiled to victory against RC Celta da Vigo to move back to within five points of Liga leaders FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid.

Third-from-bottom Celta wasted a number of chances before Karim Benzema capitalised on a defensive lapse midway through the second half and prodded in. Ronaldo made sure of victory by converting Daniel Carvajal's cross 15 minutes later and the Portuguese gave the scoreline added gloss with his second of the night after being put through by substitute Gareth Bale.

It was Ronaldo's 29th Madrid goal of the season in all competitions, and the 400th of his senior career for club and country, but did not mask a largely disappointing performance by the home side. "We didn't play very well," admitted Merengues coach Carlo Ancelotti. "We were a bit slow in the first half but that is normal coming back from the holidays."

There was nothing laboured about Villarreal CF's return to action away to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid as the visitors raced into a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes. By the 64-minute mark they were five up, Ikechukwu Uche becoming only the third Villarreal player to claim a Liga hat-trick and Jérémy Perbet registering twice, before taking the foot off the gas. Rayo's Nery Castillo capitalised, netting twice to restore a touch of respectability at 5-2.

Last updated: 07/01/14 11.58CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

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HomeAway
Last updated: 06/01/2014 23:51 CET

06/01/2014

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano2-5VillarrealVillarreal

Castillo 66, 90+1 (P)

Uche 10, 57, 64, Perbet 12, 41

Venue: Madrid

06/01/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid3-0CeltaCelta

Benzema 67, Ronaldo 82, 90+3

Venue: Madrid

05/01/2014

Real SociedadReal Sociedad2-0AthleticAthletic

Griezmann 43, Pardo 90+3

Venue: San Sebastian

05/01/2014

OsasunaOsasuna1-0EspanyolEspanyol

Cejudo 33

Venue: Pamplona

05/01/2014

BarcelonaBarcelona4-0ElcheElche

Alexis Sánchez 7, 63, 69, Pedro Rodríguez 16

Venue: Barcelona

05/01/2014

SevillaSevilla3-0GetafeGetafe

Vitolo 34, Bacca 55, Rakitić 77

Venue: Sevilla

04/01/2014

AlmeríaAlmería3-0GranadaGranada

Dubarbier 14, Verza 28 (P), Vidal Parreu 79

Venue: Almeria

04/01/2014

ValenciaValencia2-0LevanteLevante

Piatti 42, Feghouli 73

Venue: Valencia

04/01/2014

ValladolidValladolid0-0BetisBetis

Venue: Valladolid

04/01/2014

MálagaMálaga0-1AtléticoAtlético

Koke 70

Venue: Malaga

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