Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick helped Real Madrid to regain a four point lead over Barcelona with a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in a thrilling encounter at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.
In the first session, Real Madrid took a 1-0 lead with Cristiano Ronaldo opening the account in the 25’, as the former world player of the year netted a stunning free kick from 40 yards, which sailed past keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Radamel Falcao equalised in the 55’ which brought the Real Madrid side under slight pressure.
Real Madrid could have doubled their lead when Angel Di Maria passed a brilliant cross to Benzema but was unable to find the back of the net.
Real Madrid came back strongly and regained their lead to 2-1, with Ronaldo’s stunning effort from outside the left edge of the area in the 68’.
The 27 year old Portugal forward rounded off his hat-trick, converting a penalty in the 82’ which is Ronaldo’s 16th career hat trick. He has become the only footballer to net 40 league goals in consecutive seasons in Europe’s top league. Lionel Messi is just one goal behind Ronaldo’s league tally.
Jose Callejon’s late goal for Madrid concluded the game 4-1, which ensured a four point lead over Barcelona putting them at the top of the La Liga table. Atletico Madrid is on the 7th place with 42 points.