CRISTIANO RONALDO FIRED a hat-trick as Real Madrid restored their four-point lead atop La Liga with a 4-1 rout of Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo was the star of the capital city derby, opening his side’s account in emphatic fashion after dipping a superb 30-yard free-kick into goal after 25 minutes.
Hosts Atletico restored parity 10 minutes into the second half when Radamel Falcao headed Adrian’s cross into the back of the net.
Real responded 13 minutes later as Ronaldo took advantage of some unsure defending before firing another sterling strike into the top corner.
The Portuguese forward completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot before Jose Callejon rounded out the victory in the closing stages. The win takes Real four points clear of title rivals Barcelona.
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