Real Madrid vs. Sevilla: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap (4 p.m. ET)
Karim Benzema's 50th La Liga goal and a treble from Cristiano Ronaldo enabled Real Madrid to record an emphatic home win against Sevilla.
Manu Del Moral came off the bench to score for Sevilla but if there was ever a case of too little, too late then this was it.
Benzema opened the scoring, applying a finish from inches after Ronaldo's cross was deflected towards goal.
Ronaldo, on the week of his 28th birthday, then made it two with a wonderful strike on his left foot from all of 25-yards.
The Portuguese forward then added two more, firstly capitalizing on hesitancy in the Sevilla defense and then applying a tap in as Madrid broke from box to box in seven seconds.
Gonzalo Higuain and Hedwiges Maduro both saw red in the second half as Los Blancos warmed up for the return of the Champions League in the best way possible.
LA LIGA—Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
REAL MADRID 4-1 SEVILLA (Benzema, Ronaldo 3 - Del Moral)
Madrid: Lopez, Arbeloa, Ramos, Albiol, Coentrao, Essien, Modric, Benzema (Callejon), Kaka (Pepe), Ronaldo (Morata), Higuain
Sevilla: Beto, Coke, Fazio, Spahic, Navarro, Medel (Moreno), Maduro, Kondogbia (Hervas), Navas, Reyes (Del Moral), Negredo
FT - A Cristiano Ronalo hat trick and one from Benzema meant Real Madrid could slow down towards the end of the game when Del Moral added a consolation for Sevilla.
87 - Manu Del Moral runs from near the halfway line virtually unchallenged before shooting passed Diego Lopez from 12 yards. 4-1.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL for Sevilla.
85 - From the corner Alvaro Morata eventually has the ball in the net but it is ruled out for offside.
84 - Essien roams forward, slips a pass to Callejon who has attempts to curl one into the top corner only to be denied by a good save from Beto. Corner.
82 - Both sides down to ten men now and with less than ten minutes left both sides seem prepared to just see the game out.
81 - RED CARD for Maduro. Another yellow card sees him join Higuain in receiving their marching orders.
79 - Great pass from Del Moral puts Negredo through, the striker takes a little too long though and his shot flies into the side netting.
78 - Last change for Sevilla sees Unai Emery replace Geoffrey Kondogbia with Javi Hervas.
75 - Chance for Negredo who is adjudged onside. He drives forward to the left of center but his shot is high and wide.
73- Diego Lopez forced into a low save from a long range effort from Moral which bounced in front of him.
73 - Sevilla corner eventually comes back to Navas on the right but he can't beat his man to deliver a cross.
71 - Time for some Sevilla substitutions. Manu del Moral and Alberto Moreno replace Jose Reyes and Gary Medel.
68 - Kaka and Benzema replaced by Pepe and Jose Callejon
67 - It was a second yellow card for the Argentinean and it looks to have prompted the imminent arrivals of Pepe and Callejon.
66 - RED CARD. Higuain sent off.
63 - Alvaro Morata replaces Cristiano Ronaldo to a standing ovation from the Bernabeu crowd. No doubt the change is made with Manchester United on Wednesday in mind.
62- Reyes has an effort but a comfortable save for Diego Lopez.
59 - Real Madrid break in a breathless seven seconds and Higuain squares for Ronaldo to tap in to complete his hat trick. His 20th in the white of Madrid.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL for Ronaldo.
In the other match tonight it is now Deportivo 0-2 Granada. Big implications at the bottom of the table if that stays as it is.
Ronaldo is Real Madrids 6th All Time top goal scorer with 181 goals.— ESP Football (@ESP_Football) February 9, 2013
Ronaldo stat update...
52 - Negredo takes the honors, but from roughly 20 yards drives low into the Real Madrid wall.
51 - Sevilla have a free kick in a really good position to test Diego Lopez.
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