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5-1: A goal-filled spectacular before the break

REPORT | 09/11/2013 | Alberto Navarro

Real Madrid, who put on a magnificent first half in which they scored four goals, beat Real Sociedad with a hat-trick from Ronaldo and goals from Benzema and Khedira.
  • Liga BBVA
  • Matchday 13
  • Sat, 09 Nov
Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid were playing their final match before the international break at home against Real Sociedad, a Champions League team who came into the match off the back of a goalless draw at Old Trafford. The Whites wanted to say goodbye to their fans with a win in the last of the seven matches they had played in just 21 days and they showed from the start that they would not rest until they had achieved their goal.

In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post from the edge of the box after seven minutes of play and five minutes later, he managed to beat Bravo. The measured assist came from Benzema and the Portuguese set himself up with a beautiful piece of control and shot across the goal to beat the visitors' keeper.

Real Madrid was playing like a force of nature and could have scored again seconds before the first quarter of an hour was up. Ronaldo was the protagonist once more. Bale controlled the ball in the area, laying it off to the arriving Portuguese, but Bravo was on hand to stop the shot from the penalty spot after 13 minutes.

The second did not take long to come. Just five minutes, in fact. While for the first it was Benzema who set up Ronaldo, for the second they swapped roles. The Santiago Bernabéu was thoroughly enjoying the spectacle offered by Carlo Ancelotti's men, who had already sealed the win before half an hour was up. Benzema won the ball in the middle of the pitch, Modric found Ronaldo and the Portuguese's overhead kick hit the hand of Markel Bergara. The striker converted the penalty in the 26th minute to bag his second goal of the afternoon.


The home side's exhibition was not over yet and in the 36th minute came the fourth. Carvajal started a move that was continued by Bale with an exceptional pass and finished by Khedira. There could have been more goals before the break, but headers from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale in the 44th and 45th minutes went just wide of Bravo's goal.

Real Sociedad, for their part, had not yet had a shot, but they managed to do so in the second half when Griezmann cut the deficit after 61 minutes with a delightful lob.

But the home team's ambition knew no bounds. They were determined to increase their cushion despite the scoreline, and after 76 minutes they found a fifth. Modric was brought down outside the box and Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off his masterclass with what was perhaps the best goal of the afternoon. The Portuguese, who now has 16 goals in the league and is the lone top goal-scorer, beat Bravo with a beautiful curling free kick to close out the well-deserved win.