Cristiano Ronaldo bags his 39th career hat-trick
Real Madrid took a huge step to taking control of the La Liga title race on Saturday thanks to yet another hat-trick from that man Cristiano Ronaldo, who now has 39 hat-tricks in eight seasons at the Bernabeu.
The fact that Barcelona drew with Malaga at home earlier in the day means Real Madrid now lead La Liga by four points after 12 games.
Ronaldo was unfortunate not to head Real Madrid into the lead early on, but Jan Oblak pulled off an outstanding save.
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The breakthrough did come on 23 minutes as Ronaldo saw his free-kick deflected in past Oblak.
This Madrid derby hinged on a penalty decision on 71 minutes that went Real’s way, converted by Ronaldo.
Six minutes later, Ronaldo bagged his third of the game following a driving trademark run by Gareth Bale.
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