Ron­aldo scores 4 goals against Celta Vigo

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Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored four times as Real Madrid cruised to a 7-1 win over Celta Vigo to move within a point of se­cond-placed Atletico Madrid.

Ron­aldo claimed his fifth hat-trick of the sea­son to take his to­tal to 39. He struck three times in 15 min­utes af­ter the break, af­ter Pepe had headed Real into a 1-0 half-time lead.

Iago As­pas pulled a goal back but Ron­aldo com­pleted his tre­ble and headed in a fourth be­fore Jese and Gareth Bale, on his come­back, scored late on.

Ron­aldo's ef­forts - which took him past 350 goals for Real Madrid and up to se­cond in La Liga his­tory with 252 - saw Real bounce back from los­ing to Atletico in their pre­vi­ous home game, a 1-0 de­feat that vir­tu­ally ended their hopes of catch­ing Barcelona at the top of the ta­ble.

That led to some un­rest in the Bern­abeu and Celta, who were un­beaten in three games in their pur­suit of a place in the Europa League, should have gone ahead when ex-Liverpool striker As­pas headed against a post. But Pepe calmed things down as he nod­ded in his first goal of the sea­son from an Isco cor­ner.

Real were below full strength but over­whelmed Celta in the se­cond half as they gave them­selves the per­fect prepa­ra­tion for the se­cond leg of their Cham­pi­ons League last 16-tie, which they lead 2-0, at home to Roma on Tues­day night.

Ron­aldo lashed in a dip­ping, 25-yard drive five min­utes af­ter the break be­fore curl­ing a su­perb free-kick into the top cor­ner.

As­pas coolly lifted his 10th league goal of the sea­son over Key­lor Navas to make it 3-1, but Ron­aldo then tapped in his third goal to claim his 36th hat­trick in Span­ish foot­ball. With Celta's de­fence strug­gling, Ron­aldo headed in from a cor­ner and Jese ran through to slot the sixth be­fore Bale, back from a calf prob­lem that has kept him out since midJan­uary, com­pleted the rout with a run and low shot which went in off a post.

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