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Ronaldo hat-trick as Real open 10-point lead
Published : 12 Feb 2012 22:46:58Rss feed
Cristiano Ronaldo hit his sixth hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid took a huge step towards winning La Liga on Sunday, coming from behind to beat Levante 4-2 and open a 10-point lead over Barcelona.
Reigning champions Barcelona had crashed 3-2 to Osasuna on Saturday.
After Gustavo Cabral gave Levante a surprise early lead, Ronaldo got his first from the penalty spot a minute before the break following a handball by Vicente Iborra, who was also dismissed for his second yellow card.
Real out came out confidently for the second half and Ronaldo headed home a Gonzalo Higuain cross after 49 minutes and then completed his hat-trick with a wonderful 30-yard strike which flew into the roof of the net.
An Arouna Kone header briefly gave a glimmer of hope for Levante but Karim Benzema slotted in a fourth for Real after 65 minutes.
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