Ron­aldo hits 300 mark, Messi, Suarez pro­pel Barca

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY KIERAN CAN­NING

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored his 300th Real Madrid goal as the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons re­mained four points adrift of La Liga lead­ers Barcelona with a 2- 0 win at Rayo Val­le­cano on Wed­nes­day.

Ear­lier, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on tar­get as Barca eased past Alme­ria 4- 0.

Barca took over half an hour to make the break­through, but Messi did so in style as he curled home his 44th goal of the sea­son into the far cor­ner.

Suarez made the game safe when he fired into the top cor­ner 10 min­utes af­ter the break and bagged his sec­ond of the evening in stop­page time af­ter Marc Bar­tra headed home the third from Xavi’s cor­ner.

“It is the stage of the sea­son where we have a lot to play for,” said Suarez.

“We ought to show our per­son­al­ity be­cause we are Barcelona.

“In the league we de­pend on our­selves and we need to con­tinue in this vein.”

Madrid en­dured a much more un­com­fort­able evening in a cap­i­tal derby at Rayo be­fore Ron­aldo and James Ro­driguez struck mid­way through the sec­ond- half.

“We suf­fered, but in the end we won which is the most im­por­tant thing,” said Ro­driguez, who again im­pressed in just his sec­ond game back af­ter two months out with a foot in­jury.

“In the first- half they were in­tense, we knew that in the sec­ond they would get a bit tired and not be able to pres­sure so much and it was like that.”

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