Real Madrid cruised comfortably to their 18th consecutive win in all competitons via a 3-0 victory against Celta Vigo. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 200th la liga goal with a record 23rd Spanish top-flight hat trick after a Ballon d’or nomination 4th time running earlier this week. His first goal was a rather controversial one after he converted a penalty which seemed to be not more than a nudge on him. The former Manchester United player netted another two which led Real Madrid to a well deserved victory nonetheless.

He scored his second goal 25 minutes from time in which he fired a volley from the edge of the area before scoring his third from a Marcelo cross. Victory leaves Los Blancos at the top of the table 4 points ahead of their city rivals Atletico and 5 ahead of Barcelona with Barcelona playing on Sunday night in their derby against Espanyol.

Sergio Alvares though made a few good saves and saved Celta from a greater humiliation at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos who was celebrating his 300th Liga appearance for the Los Blancos got a rebound from the visiting goalkeeper which he shot wide. Ronaldo was set to score again as he striked a low James Rodriguez cross nicely but Jonny Castro made a perfect goal line save. Celta though looked menacing at the start of the second half as Fabian Orellana dribbled Dani Carvajal but shot wide of the post.

Real Madrid took the advantage and they doubled their lead on 65th minute when Ronaldo got the better of a loose ball and droved past Alvarez. Ronaldo completed his hat trick surpassing Telmo Zarra and Alfredo di Stefano.

Cristiano Ronaldo lifted Real Madrid past Celta Vigo with his new hat-trick and with doing so he broke the record for the most hat-tricks in La Liga History:
Cristiano Ronaldo: 23 (6 seasons)
Di Stefano: 22 (13 seasons)
Zarra: 22 (15 seasons)
Leo Messi: 20 (11 seasons)

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Match Highlights

Team Lineups

Celta (4-3-3): Alvarez; Mallo, Cabral, Fontas, Jonny; P. Hernandez, Radoja, Krohn-Dehli; Orellana, Larrivey, Nolito.

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Illarramendi, James; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

La Liga Table

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La Liga recent results

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