Ron­aldo scores 3, misses penalty in Madrid win

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo missed a penalty kick but scored three times to re­store his touch and en­sure Real Madrid in­creased its lead of the Span­ish league yes­ter­day.

Ron­aldo could have scored a fourth in Madrid’s 4-1 win at Alaves if not for goal­keeper Fer­nando Pacheco, who saved his spot kick.

Ron­aldo’s first multi-goal per­for­mance of the sea­son for his club was key to the come­back win away from home. And it came just when voices in the Span­ish cap­i­tal were won­der­ing if Ron­aldo’s 31 years were fi­nally catch­ing up with him.

"(Ron­aldo) is pa­tient and is show­ing it on the pitch," said Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane. "I’m very happy with his per­for­mance. We are al­ways go­ing to ask him for goals, but he was very good in ev­ery facet to­day."

Ron­ado got his hat trick fol­low­ing his worst start to a sea­son since his de­but cam­paign at Madrid in 2009. Be­fore Satur­day, he had scored only four times in nine matches, twice in La Liga and twice in the Cham­pi­ons League. To make mat­ters worse, Barcelona ri­val Lionel Messi has struck 14 times in this cam­paign.

An early goal by Deyver­son gave the home fans hope that Alaves could add a win over Madrid to its im­pres­sive list of vic­tims for the newly pro­moted club, which in­clude a shock vic­tory at Barcelona and a draw at Atletico Madrid.

Deyver­son opened in the sev­enth minute at Men­di­zor­roza Sta­dium after Alaves’ Theo Her­nan­dez won pos­ses­sion from Danilo. The right back raced down the flank be­fore putting in a cross that goal­keeper Key­lor Navas let slip through to Deyver­son, who steered in his shot.

But Ron­aldo lev­elled the score 10 min­utes later from the penalty spot after Deyver­son ap­peared to use his arm in­side the area to block Gareth Bale’s free kick. Ron­aldo sent Pacheco the other way be­fore fir­ing home.

Ron­aldo put Madrid in front shortly after with a vi­cious strike that de­flected off a de­fender be­fore loop­ing over an out­stretched Pacheco.

With Madrid hurt by an in­jury to de­fender Pepe that forced him to be sub­sti­tuted, Alaves didn’t roll over, and Navas had to deny Vic­tor Ca­ma­rasa and Deyver­son to pro­tect the vis­i­tors’ ad­van­tage.

After Pacheco blocked Ron­aldo’s spot kick, Marcelo set up both sub­sti­tute Al­varo Mo­rata and Ron­aldo to score in the fi­nal min­utes.

"Ron­aldo lives to score," said Marcelo. "He’s happy to­day, but more so for the three points than his goals."

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