Real Madrid kept themselves in the Liga title picture with a 4-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday.
It was the Cristiano Ronaldo show at the Santiago Bernabeu as the Portuguese superstar helped himself to two quite brilliant goals to set Real on the way to the win that cut Atletico Madrid’s lead at the top of the table to three points.
Ronaldo produced a moment of sheer brilliance to open the scoring on five minutes.
The World Player of the Year has a packed scrapbook of great goals, and this one will surely find a prominent place. Picking the ball up wide on the left, Ronaldo cut inside before letting fly with a stunning drive that swerved and dipped before finding the top corner.
It was the ideal start for a Real side with their eyes on the title, but they were unable to double their advantage before half-time.
It wasn’t on account of a lack of effort that Real failed to add to their tally in the opening 45 minutes.
Ronaldo went extremely close with a free-kick, while a clever set-piece move saw Ronaldo find Sergio Ramos in space, but the defender squandered the chance by blazing his shot over the bar.
Further chances came and went, with Luka Modric seeing a shot saved by Andres, while Marcelo and Alvaro Morata both went close.
Real need not have worried, as they have Ronaldo in their ranks. On 53 minutes, he grabbed his 30th league goal of the season with a strike which was on a par with his first.
Again cutting in from the left, Ronaldo hooked his foot around the ball and curled a brilliant effort across Andres and into the top corner.
Ramos was badly off target in the first half, but he got his goal on the hour when powering into the box and nodding home Angel Di Maria's tantalising cross.
The third goal was the cue for manager Carlo Ancelotti to withdraw his star man Ronaldo. With a Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich next week, the Real boss knows the importance of keeping his star man fresh.
Ronaldo missed the Copa Del Rey final on account of injury and Ancelotti described him as only being at 50 per cent in the first leg against Bayern. That 30 minutes of rest could well prove vital come next Tuesday.
Ronaldo was seen standing next to the dugout with an icepack strapped to his leg, but Ancelotti played down any fitness fears.
Daniel Carvajal entered the game with 16 minutes remaining and he put the icing on the cake with a neat headed fourth goal only six minutes from time.
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