Friday 9 December 2016

Ronaldo surpasses Di Stefano tally

Jamie Holland

Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30

Ronaldo netted a hat-trick for Los Blancos that sees him move beyond the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano as the top scorer in the history of the Madrid derby. Photo: Reuters / Sergio Perez
Ronaldo netted a hat-trick for Los Blancos that sees him move beyond the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano as the top scorer in the history of the Madrid derby. Photo: Reuters / Sergio Perez

Real Madrid moved four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga, after Cristiano Ronaldo fired them to a 3-0 win over local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.

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Ronaldo netted a hat-trick for Los Blancos that sees him move beyond the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano as the top scorer in the history of the Madrid derby with 18 goals.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the first-half, before bagging a brace in the last 20 minutes, including a penalty, as Real extended their unbeaten run to 29 games.

The loss means Atletico are now nine points behind Real, in fifth place.

In the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Barcelona slumped to a 0-0 draw at home to nine-man Malaga.

Diego Llorente and Juankar were sent off in the second half for the 11th-place visitors, but Barcelona could not break the deadlock.

Sevilla are now only two points adrift of Luis Enrique's team after they came back from two goals down to defeat Deportivo La Coruna 3-2.

In Germany, a first-half strike from Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was enough to see champions Bayern Munich suffer their first defeat of the season, and drop to second in the Bundesliga.

The Gabon international bagged his 12th goal of the campaign at Signal Iduna Park against Carlo Ancelotti's side, to move within three points of the reigning champions.

Incredibly, the result also means that recently-promoted side RB Leipzig are three points clear of Bayern at the top.

On Friday, Leipzig, after twice coming from behind, beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 to move into top spot.

Leipzig are the first ever promoted side to go their first 11 league games unbeaten.

Elsewhere, Nice regained their three-point lead at the summit of Ligue 1 last night with a narrow 1-0 over St Etienne.

Valentin Eysseric's winner ensured Nice moved ahead of PSG and Monaco, who entertain Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League at the Stade Louis II tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, Juventus continued their march towards a sixth successive Serie A title after they extended their unbeaten record this season with a 3-0 victory over Pescara.

AC Milan went level on points with second-place Roma, but they will rue not surpassing them after conceding a late equaliser in the Milan derby.

Suso's brace for Milan sandwiched a fine strike by Inter's Antonio Candreva, but two minutes into extra-time Ivan Perisic ensured a 2-2 finish.

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