Real Madrid thump Real Sociedad 5-2

Real Madrid thump Real Sociedad 5-2

Ronaldo found some form in LaLiga with a hat-trick in Madrid's 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Real Sociedad travelled to Madrid with the fourth worst defensive record in the Liga Santander and they fell behind after less than a minute as Lucas Vazquez, who was in the side for the rested Gareth Bale, opened the scoring, reports Xinhua news agency.

Toni Kroos curled home the third from outside the area and Ronaldo headed home Luka Modric's corner in a four-minute spell before the interval.

Zinedine Zidane's men have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not ideal, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side on Wednesday.

The Portuguese forward completed his treble after Geronimo Rulli beat away substitute Bale's long-range effort. "We were determined for the entire game", Zidane said after the final whistle.

In Malaga, second-placed Atletico went ahead nearly instantly when Antoine Griezmann capitalised on Saul Niguez's deflected strike falling at his feet close to goal.

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The 26-year-old has been in sparkling form this season, scoring 28 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions.

Asier Illarramendi, the former Madrid midfielder, then made it 5-2 from close range.

The French striker fired home his eighth league goal of the campaign from inside the box after a Saul Niguez shot was deflected into his path. "Of course, they're within their rights; they've paid so can have opinions, but I want fans to be with us for 90 minutes".

Atletico Madrid saw off Malaga 1-0 in a tight game to provisionally close the gap on leader Barcelona to six points.

"We knew it was going to be hard, but these are the kind of games we enjoy playing", Griezmann told beIN Sports. Ivan Ramis scored in stoppage-time to give surprise package Eibar a 1-0 victory at Leganes that leaves them sixth.

Alaves extended its turnaround under coach Abelardo Fernandez by winning at fifth-place Villarreal 2-1.

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