Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo was on target as Real Madrid extended their La Liga lead to four points with a game in hand as they wallop Real Sociedad 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Sunday night.
Real Madrid Extends La Liga Lead As Barcelona And Sevilla Drop Points [REPORT]
This follows Barcelona’s unmerited 1-1 draw at Real Betis as they were made to rue La Liga’s lack of goal line technology earlier in the day. Sevilla’s 3-1 defeat at Espanyol was no less painful, having been reduced to 10 men after just two minutes.
Zinedine Zidane’s men shrugged off a recent dip in form that’s seen them win only one of their last five games as Madrid was eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Celta Vigo in midweek.
They took the lead against a dangerous Real Sociedad side with the only real chance of the first half when Mateo Kovacic surged forward from midfield to drive Ronaldo’s through ball past Geronimo Rulli.
Kovacic turned provider six minutes after the restart with a defence-splitting pass that allowed Ronaldo to coolly chip the onrushing Rulli for his 20th goal of the season.
A difficult task was made tougher for Sociedad 15 minutes from time when Inigo Martinez was sent-off for a second bookable offence, and Alvaro Morata, linked with a move away from the Bernabeu, made sure of the points eight minutes from time when he blasted home Lucas Vazquez’s cross.
Meanwhile, hot-chasing Sevilla hit a brick wall early on at Espanyol when Nico Pareja was sent-off as he conceded a penalty that was duly converted by former Sevilla favourite, Jose Antonio Reyes.
Stefan Jovetic continued his fine form in La Liga by drawing level for the 10 men inside 20 minutes, but Reyes’ free-kick in first-half stoppage time was headed home by Marc Navarro to restore the home side’s lead.
Gerard Moreno sealed the three points for the hosts, nodding home Navarro’s cross to leave Sevilla third on the log.