Sunday, November 20, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo scores 39th career hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo's 39th career hat-trick gave Real Madrid a
derby win over city rivals Atletico to increase their lead at the
top of La Liga.

The Portugal forward opened the scoring with a deflected free-
kick that wrong-footed Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Ronaldo added a second from the penalty spot before he
completed his treble when he tapped in Gareth Bale's cross.

Real now have a four-point lead over second-placed
Barcelona, who were held to a goalless draw by Malaga

Ronaldo has scored eight La Liga goals for the European
champions this season, to draw level with Barcelona duo
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

The 31-year-old's treble also saw him go one goal of clear of
legendary Real forward Alfredo Di Stefano's individual total of
17 goals in the Madrid derby.

His total could have been more had Oblak not produced a
stunning diving save to keep out Ronaldo's powerful header
when the scoreline was goalless.

The result - in what was the last Madrid derby at the Vicente
Calderon in La Liga - was also a blow to Atletico's title hopes
with Diego Simeone's side now nine points adrift of Real.

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