Real Madrid 6 – 1 Racing Santander
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Real Madrid smashed six past Racing Santander and maintained their position at the top of La Liga. The win was Madrid’s third straight league victory, a spell in which they have scored sixteen goals, with Ronaldo claiming eight of them.
Jose Mourinho could not have wished for a better start, with his team in imperious form right now—eight games unbeaten in La Liga, 11 unbeaten overall, 22 league goals with only four conceded. Yet even more important than the statistical dominance are the on-field performances; Madrid look like a cohesive and free-flowing team and are playing phenomenal football.
The opening goal came after 10 minutes, when Angel Di Maria played a brilliant pass over the visitors defence that released Gonzalo Higuain, and the Argentine forward made no mistake as he curled a simple finish past Racing keeper Toño.
The next forty minutes belonged to Ronaldo, as the Portuguese winger scored in the 15th, 27th, 47th and 55th minutes in a stunning individual performance. Ronaldo’s first came when he slotted home a clinical near-post finish from Higuain’s inviting cross, while his second was a simple far post tap-in after Mesut Özil’s pass across the face of goal.
The visitors had no answer for Madrid’s attacking play, and Ronaldo had his hat trick just after the break as he was able to turn and score from the edge of the six yard box after Di Maria’s cross. He had his fourth goal from the penalty spot eight minutes later, slotting home the spot kick after Di Maria had been brought down by Domingo Cisma.
Next up for Madrid was Özil, who got on the end of Xabi Alonso’s through ball, cut inside a defender and curled home. Özil has enjoyed a brilliant start to his Madrid career and it’s difficult to see Kaka displacing him even when fully fit.
Racing’s consolation goal came in bizarre fashion, as Papa Kouly Diop’s long range piledriver caught the head of teammate Markus Rosenberg and flew into the top corner to give the Swede his first goal for the club, albeit a goal that counted for very little in the circumstances.
The win keeps Madrid top of the table with 20 points and maintains their record as the only unbeaten team in La Liga, while Racing drop into 18th place with seven points.