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Saturday 25 November 2017

Ronaldo keeps up run with hat-trick

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Cristiano Ronaldo kept up his remarkable run of goals, netting a hat-trick as Real Madrid crushed Real Sociedad 5-1 at the Bernabeu.

The prolific Portuguese forward took his La Liga tally to 16 goals from 13 games, adding to his top scorer status in the Champions League, where he has eight from four matches.

One of the favourites for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, to be announced in January, Ronaldo has now scored 28 goals in 20 games for club and country this term.

"Ronaldo has a level from another world," said Real coach Carlo Ancelotti. "He makes scoring look so incredibly easy. It's difficult to find words to describe him."

Karim Benzema and Sami Khedira also scored as Real rattled in four before half-time.

Barcelona, meanwhile, stay top of the table after beating Real Betis 4-1 despite losing Lionel Messi to his third leg injury of the season after only 21 minutes.

In Italy, the pressure continues to mount on AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri after his side were held to a scoreless draw at bottom club Chievo.

Milan who were missing striker Mario Balotelli through suspension, extended their winless run to six games in all competitions and finished with 10 men after Riccardo Montolivo was sent off.

RECORD

In Germany, Bayern Munich set an unbeaten record, Borussia Dortmund lost a pulsating match at Wolfsburg and Son Heung-Min scored a hat-trick against his former club as 23 goals were scored in five Bundesliga games.

South Korea forward Son led Leverkusen to a 5-3 win over Hamburg SV, which pulled them level on points with second-placed Dortmund after a match featuring some calamitous defending from both teams as well as superb finishing.

Dortmund, beaten 1-0 at home by Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, were sunk by a superb Ivica Olic strike in their 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg as last season's runners-up showed worrying signs of a slump.

Bayern Munich beat Augsburg 3-0 to complete their 37th match without defeat as they went further ahead at the top after their seventh straight home win of the season.

Last season's treble winners have not been beaten in the league since October 28 last year when they lost 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern, who have 32 points from 12 games, moved four points clear of Dortmund and Leverkusen.

Irish Independent

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