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La Liga Review: Madrid get back to winning ways

SoccerNews in General Soccer News, La Liga 2 Mar 2016

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored one and set up another as Real Madrid recorded a 3-1 victory away at bottom club Levante in Wednesday’s La Liga action.

The Portuguese forward broke the deadlock with a 34th-minute penalty before an own goal by Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino doubled the away side’s lead in Valencia.

A goal from Deyverson halved the deficit before the break, but Madrid made sure of the victory in the closing minutes when Isco swept home Ronaldo’s cut-back from the right byline.

The result sees Zinedine Zidane’s side move four points clear in third place after nearest rivals Villarreal were held to a 0-0 draw away at Celta Vigo.

Fifth-placed Sevilla triumphed 1-0 win over Eibar, Fernando Llorente grabbing the only goal of the game when he turned inside the area to fire home a shot after 11 minutes. Lillo was sent off for Eibar in the closing minutes.

Aritz Aduriz hit a hat-trick as Athletic Bilbao defeated Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 at San Mames.

Iker Muniain opened the scoring for the hosts after 13 minutes before Aduriz took over proceedings. The forward’s treble – completed just after the hour mark – takes his tally for the season in La Liga to 17 goals.

Oriol Riera scored in the 51st minute for Deportivo, who are still yet to register a win in 2016 in any competition.

Valencia recorded a third win in their last four La Liga outings as they battled back from an early deficit to triumph 2-1 at Malaga.

Duje Cop gave the home side a 14th-minute lead, only for team-mate Carlos Kameni to gift Valencia an equaliser. The goalkeeper came off his line to deal with a cross from the right, only to palm it into his own goal when stretching backwards.

Denis Cheryshev scored the winner for Gary Neville’s side in a game that saw referee Jose Luis Gonzalez hand out a total of 11 yellow cards, although no one was sent off.

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