Saturday 7 December 2019

Javier Hernandez scores with his first two shots in La Liga as Real thump Deportivo 8-2

Chicharito Hernandez of Real Madrid CF scores his team's seventh goal during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid CF at Riazor Stadium
Chicharito Hernandez of Real Madrid CF scores his team's seventh goal during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid CF at Riazor Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick and Gareth Bale struck twice as Real Madrid bounced back in style from consecutive defeats with a thumping 8-2 La Liga win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Portugal captain Ronaldo, the current World Player of the Year, put Real ahead with a 29th-minute header at the Riazor before new signing James Rodriguez evoked memories of his dazzling performances for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup with a stunning strike in the 36th.

The Golden Boot winner at the finals in Brazil with six goals, Rodriguez picked up the ball just outside the penalty area and whipped a curling left-foot effort into the far corner past Depor goalkeeper German Lux.

Lux gifted Real, who were looking to avoid a third consecutive La Liga defeat, a slapstick third shortly before halftime when he became stranded outside his area and let in Ronaldo to score his second.

Haris Medunjanin pulled a goal back for Depor from the penalty spot in the 50th minute after the referee ruled Sergio Ramos had handled in the area before Bale squeezed a low shot in off the far post in the 66th.

 The Wales winger, who looks on fine form in the opening weeks of the season, scored his second 16 minutes from time when he ran on to a pass from substitute Isco and clipped the ball over Lux into the far corner.

Ronaldo completed his hat-trick four minutes later, Jose Verdu headed a second for Depor in the 84th and Javier Hernandez, who has joined on loan from Manchester United, came off the bench and scored a quickfire double as the home side, promoted from the second division at the end of last season, crumbled.

The Mexican's first in the 88th minute was a powerful left-foot strike which flew into the top corner and his second was deflected into the net in the second minute of added time to complete the rout.

It was the first time Real have scored eight goals in an away match in La Liga and just the tonic the European champions needed after defeats at Real Sociedad and at home to champions Atletico Madrid.

Early leaders Barcelona were the only team to win their opening three games and play their fourth at Levante on Sunday, while Atletico are at home to Depor's Galician neighbours Celta Vigo later on Saturday.

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