Cristiano Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick in a five-goal individual haul as Real Madrid thrashed Primera Division strugglers Granada 9-1 at the Bernabeu earlier today.
Gareth Bale went some way to silencing his critics with the 25th-minute opener after rounding the keeper before Ronaldo took centre stage, propelling Real to a 4-0 halftime lead with strikes in the 30th, 36th and 38th minutes.
A second-half flurry of three goals in four minutes saw Karim Benzema add Real’s fifth in the 52nd minute before Ronaldo headed his fourth of the match soon after. Benzema slotted home his second and the hosts’ seventh in the 56th minute.
Robert Ibanez pulled one back for Granada in the 74th but it proved to be only a small consolation for the visitors, especially as an own goal by Diego Mainz brought Real an eighth before the irrepressible Ronaldo claimed his fifth in the last minute.
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