Cristiano Ronaldo scored two wonder
goals to help Real Madrid to a 4-0
victory over Osasuna on Saturday
and keep its Liga title hopes alive.
After declaring he was in “perfect
condition” in the build-up to
Saturday’s match, Ronaldo proved it
on the pitch with a dazzling display
and two goals, before being taken
off in preparation for Tuesday’s
Champions League semifinal second
leg at Bayern Munich.
Ronaldo’s sixth-minute strike gave
Andres Fernandez no chance as it
flew into the back of the net from
long range, and he created a handful
of chances for his teammates that
Osasuna rarely threatened Diego
Lopez and it was unable to bring the
goalkeeper into action when it did
have a sight of goal.
Ronaldo secured the points early in
the second half with his 30th league
goal of the season and Sergio Ramos
added a third on the hour.
Daniel Carvajal scored a late header
to underline the Blancos’ dominance
and keep the heat on Atletico
Madrid and Barcelona in the title
race, the pair facing respective trips
to Valencia and Villarreal on Sunday.
Osasuna remains firmly in the
relegation fight, just three points
above the drop zone.
With one eye on Tuesday’s trip to
the Allianz Arena, which Madrid will
enter 1-0 up, Carlo Ancelotti made
six changes to his starting lineup but
it was a man who featured in the
semifinal first leg that opened the
A subdued Ronaldo did not look fully
fit last week, but he proved he was
back to his best early on as he cut in
from the left and sent a 25-yard
strike arrowing into the top corner.
The Portugal captain was involved in
every dangerous attack from Madrid
and twice laid chances on for Ramos,
though he could not capitalize.
Three minutes into the second half,
Osasuna went close to a surprise
leveler as Emiliano Armenteros
acrobatically met a left-wing cross,
however his effort was just wide.
Ronaldo showed him how it was done
in the 53rd minute as he doubled his
tally with a sublime strike from the
edge of the penalty area.
Again the 29-year-old cut in from
the left with his sights set on the
top corner, and he showed unerring
accuracy to send the ball screaming
Having wasted chances in the first
half, Ramos finally got his name on
the scoresheet as he charged into
the penalty area to meet Angel di
With the game won Ancelotti took
the chance to give Ronaldo, Di Maria
and Luka Modric a rest to ensure
they are ready for their midweek
test in Germany.
One of the substitutes made an
immediate impact as Carvajal, who
had replaced Di Maria, escaped the
attentions of Osasuna’s defenders
and lobbed a header over Fernandez
from Isco’s chipped pass.
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