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La Liga Review: Real Run Riot While Atleti Drop More Points

ronaldoCristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, while Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez both scored twice as Real Madrid ran riot against Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor. Although Los Blancos needed around 30 minutes to break the deadlock through Ronaldo, once Carlo Ancelotti’s side had got the first goal they went about mauling their hosts and buried the memory of last weekend’s defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid by blitzing the Galicians 8-2.

While Ronaldo, Bale and substitute Hernandez contributed the majority of the goals, James Rodriguez also scored his first goal in the Spanish La Liga, while Haris Medunjanin and Toche replied for the hosts.

Pablo Hernandez’s audacious first-half goal helped Celta Vigo claim a 2-2 draw from a hugely entertaining clash against champions Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. Hernandez opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he somehow managed to volley a high hanging ball past Miguel Moya with his heel, but Atletico battled back and were ahead by half-time thanks to goals from centre-back pairing Joao Miranda and Diego Godin.

Celta would not roll over, though, and drew level in the 53rd minute through Nolito’s penalty after Carles Planas had been bundled over in the box by Miranda. Both teams pushed for the win after that but rival goalkeepers Moya and Sergio Alvarez stood firm to ensure their sides remained unbeaten in La Liga.

Former Athletic Bilbao coach Joaquin Caparros enjoyed a happy return to San Mames as he saw his Granada side come away with a 1-0 win thanks to a first-half goal by Jhon Cordoba. The Colombian forward struck six minutes before half-time, and he and his team-mates then withstood a late wave of pressure to move on to eight points while also remaining unbeaten.

In the late game, a brilliant stoppage-time free-kick from Duda earned Malaga a 2-2 draw at Espanyol as they twice came from behind to snatch a point. Duda curled a beautiful effort into the top corner from 25 yards, a matter of minutes after Christian Stuani’s header looked to have won it for the hosts.

The late strike denied Espanyol a first La Liga win of the season and left them second bottom of the standings. Earlier Felipe Caicedo had opened the scoring for Espanyol, with Ignacio Camacho levelling shortly after the break.

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