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Madrid golden boy Ronaldo dispatches Granada

Published: Sunday 26 January 2014
On a day honouring his recent Ballon d'Or success, Cristiano Ronaldo rose to the occasion, breaking the deadlock as Real Madrid CF beat Granada CF to go top of the league.

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Published: Sunday 26 January 2014

Madrid golden boy Ronaldo dispatches Granada

On a day honouring his recent Ballon d'Or success, Cristiano Ronaldo rose to the occasion, breaking the deadlock as Real Madrid CF beat Granada CF to go top of the league.

Cristiano Ronaldo produced a sparkling performance as Real Madrid CF moved top of the Spanish Liga with a 2-0 triumph over Granada CF.

The Bernabéu was resplendent in shimmering gold card before kick-off as Madridistas paid tribute to the Ballon d'Or winning Portuguese forward. Granada were determined to spoil the party, and stifled the Merengues for a first half that culminated in visiting goalkeeper Roberto somehow pushing over an overhead kick from Ronaldo as powerful as it was spectacular.

Ronaldo cannot be subdued for long, though, and the second half became a showcase. He fired a low effort through a crowd for his 22nd Liga goal of the season, before bruising Roberto's legs and rattling the bar from a free-kick. Karim Benzema exploited Granada's weariness to tuck in Marcelo's layoff and further gilt the afternoon.

Elsewhere, RCD Espanyol remain a point above Valencia CF after an entertaining 2-2 draw at Mestalla. Captain Sergio García kept up his fine form to earn his side a share of the spoils, tucking in his ninth Liga goal of the campaign to cancel out Jonas' header. Jhon Córdoba and Paco Alcácer had traded goals in the early stages.

Valencia's neighbours Levante UD won 3-2 at Sevilla FC, a 76th-minute Simão strike inflicting the final blow, while, Jesús Rueda scored the only goal of the game as struggling Real Valladolid CF stunned UEFA Champions League-chasing Villarreal CF.

Last updated: 26/01/14 13.03CET


Spanish Liga 2013/14

Last updated: 26/01/2014 22:55 CET



Piqué 40, Pedro Rodríguez 55, Alexis Sánchez 61

Venue: Barcelona


Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano2-4AtléticoAtlético

Viera 40, Larrivey 76

Villa 8, Arda Turan 30, 44, Saúl Ñiguez 74 (og)

Venue: Madrid



Armenteros 10

Susaeta 3, Aritz Aduriz 16, 62, Ibai Gómez 84, Kike Sola 88

Venue: Pamplona



Sundy Zongo 49

Venue: Almeria



Coke 25, Rakitić 68

Barral 30 (P), Vyntra 71, Simão 75

Venue: Sevilla



Paco Alcácer 7, Jonas 32

Córdoba 3, Sergio García 45 (P)

Venue: Valencia



Rueda 40

Venue: Valladolid


Real MadridReal Madrid2-0GranadaGranada

Ronaldo 56, Benzema 74

Venue: Madrid



Orellana 22, 39, Dias de Oliveira 31, Nolito 73

Rubén Castro 17, 78

Venue: Pontevedra

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