La Liga wrap: Real Madrid make dominant start
Cristiano Ronaldo started the La Liga season as he ended the last, netting a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s 6-0 win at Real Zaragoza on Sunday.
Ronaldo, who bagged an incredible 40 goals in 34 league matches last season, kicked off the 2011-2012 season in style as Jose Mourinho’s side began their campaign in style.
It was Ronaldo who netted the opener after 24 minutes, courtesy of a Mezut Oezil assist, before Marcelo doubled the lead five minutes later.
Zaragoza were able to hold out their opponents until midway through the second half, but Xabi Alonso’s strike opened the floodgates as Ronaldo, who scored twice, and Kaka, both netted in the last 20 minutes.
Mallorca defeated Espanyol 1-0, with Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman scoring the game’s only goal on 62 minutes, while both Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano and Getafe and Levante played out 1-1 draws.
In Bilbao, Movilla’s strike cancelled out Iturraspe’s opener to give Rayo Vallecano a point while Levante snatched a draw thanks to Juanlu’s late equaliser.
Atletico Madrid and Osasuna played out a goalless stalemate while Sevilla defeated Malaga 2-1, thanks to Alvaro Negredo’s first-half double.
Mon 29 August, 2011