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BARCELONA---Cristiano Ronaldo netted
another hat trick to extend his scoring streak
to eight consecutive games and lead Real
Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in
the Spanish league yesterday.
It was Ronaldo s second treble to go with
one four-goal game already this season and
gave the Ballon d Or holder a league-leading
13 goals in six appearances and 17 overall this
Karim Benzema added two goals as Madrid s
speedy forwards picked apart a Bilbao side
that proved brittle at the back and is now win-
less in its last seven games.
Gareth Bale set up Ronaldo s goals in the
third and 55th minutes. Benzema scored in the
41st and 69th, and Ronaldo completed his hat
trick in the 88th.
"We are growing since the start of the season
and we have margin to get even better," Ronaldo
Madrid rose past Atletico Madrid into fourth
place, four points behind leader Barcelona.
Valencia is in second place in front of Sevilla
in third after it beat visitors Deportivo La
Also, Villarreal dealt Celta Vigo its first loss
of the season with a 3-1 road win, while
Espanyol downed Real Sociedad 2-0 at home
in its most solid performance under new coach
Since losing back-to-back games, Madrid
has won six in a row in all competitions and
outscored its opponents 27-5.
Bilbao arrived without injured striker Aduriz
Aritz and with its morale down after its 2-1
defeat at BATE of Belarus tomorrow in the
Madrid jumped on its struggling visitors
early with an electric start.
Bale found Ronaldo at the far post to head
in the opener under goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz,
and Benzema rose above his marker to nod in
a corner kick to put Madrid in control by half-
Bilbao hasn t won at the Santiago Bernabeu
since 2005, during Ernesto Valverde s first stint
as coach. And once again, Bilbao s attacking
strategy and high defensive line gave Ronaldo,
Bale and Benzema plenty of room to romp.
Bale streaked down the right side before
squaring for the unmarked Ronaldo to make
it 3-0. Then it was Ronaldo s turn to beat Bil-
bao s offside trap and generously lay off for
Benzema to get his second goal.
Ronaldo called Benzema the "best striker
in the league" and applauded Bale s contribu-
"We are used to playing together and we
link up very well," Ronaldo said.
It could have been much worse for Bilbao.
Iraizoz made eight saves and a pair of one-
handed stops to deny Ronaldo and Bale before
the final whistle.
But Iraizoz could do nothing but watch when
Pepe s off-target shot hit Ronaldo s arm pressed
against his flank and bounce into the net to
cap the demolition.
Bilbao is barely recognizable from the potent
side that finished fourth last season and elim-
inated Napoli to qualify for the Champions
League group phase at the start of this cam-
"My team is down but we are convinced
we can turn this around," said Valverde. "We
are in a tough emotional situation. We have
to rediscover what made us strong."
Sevilla eased to the win over Deportivo
thanks to Stephane M Bia s double and goals
by Carlos Bacca and Victor "Vitolo" Machin.
Sevilla could have won by an even wider
margin. Benoit Tremoulinas hit the crossbar
in the 33rd, and Deportivo goalkeeper German
Lux made amends for fouling Bacca in the area
by saving his penalty kick in the 68th.
Deportivo s fourth straight loss left it in last
place with one win through seven rounds since
its return to the top flight.
Villarreal had never won in eight previous
visits to Balaidos Stadium, and Celta made the
better start until Moi Gomez scored back-to-
back goals in the 32nd and 33rd.
Joaquin Larrivey pulled one back for Celta
in the 44th, but Celta played the final four
minutes with 10 men after defender Andreu
Fontas received his second booking.
Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo still had
to save Larrivey s header in the 88th to protect
the win. (AP)
LONDON---Arsene Wenger and Jose Mour-
inho both made light of their spat on the
sideline after the Arsenal manager pushed
his Chelsea counterpart during yesterday s
London derby in the Premier League.
An angry Wenger gave Mourinho a push
in the chest when the two fronted up to
each other during the first half after Wenger
ventured into the Chelsea technical area fol-
lowing a hard foul on his star player Alexis
The two managers have a history of trading
verbal barbs, but this was the first time it
turned physical during a game. Chelsea won
2-0 to consolidate its lead in the standings.
Wenger described the push as just "a little
one" after the game and said "what is to
regret after that?"
"I wanted to go from A to B and somebody
confronted me in between without any sign
of welcome," Wenger said. "B was Sanchez,
to see how badly he was injured."
Mourinho said everyone should just "for-
get" the incident.
"It becomes heated because this is a big
game, big clubs, big rivals, (an) important
match for both teams.
These conditions make a game of emo-
tions," Mourinho said. "
To be fair, I do so many wrong things in
football ... but not this time, because this
time I was just in my technical area and it
was not my problem. Game over. Story over."
Wenger could face disciplinary action from
the English Football Association, and was
prepared for criticism in the media. (AP)
CARSON---Robbie Keane scored two first-
half goals as the Los Angeles Galaxy downed
Toronto 3-0 on Saturday to take outright the
Major League Soccer lead.
The Galaxy extended their undefeated streak
to 10 games.
Landon Donovan set up the Galaxy s second
goal in the 25th minute when he sent a ball
forward to A.J. DeLaGarza, who crossed it back
to Keane for his 19th goal of the season.
Retiring at the end of the season, Donovan
received a standing ovation as he was replaced
by Alan Gordon in the 84th minute.
Keane opened the scoring in the 22nd
minute, and Gordon added a third goal in the
At Santa Clara, California, Rodney Wallace
scored twice in 3 minutes as Portland came
back to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1.
Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring in
the 56th minute with his 14th goal of the season
before Wallace equalized in the 71st minute
with a left-footed blast into the upper-left
corner of the net.
Liam Ridgewell sent a high-speed header
deflecting unintentionally off Wallace s head
and looping past a helpless Jon Busch in the
74th minute for the go-ahead goal.
The Timbers moved within one point of the
Vancouver Whitecaps for the fifth and final
playoff spot in the Western Conference. The
loss eliminated the Earthquakes from playoff
contention and extended their winless streak
to 11 games.
New York s Thierry Henry sent home a
deflected shot in the 47th minute to help the
Red Bulls beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0.
New York entered the game in fifth place
in the Eastern Conference, holding onto the
final playoff spot. New York s Tim Cahill was
shown a red card in the 88th minute for a
rough tackle on Oscar Garcia.
Sebastian Fernandez scored goals four min-
utes apart in the first half to help the Vancouver
Whitecaps beat FC Dallas 2-0. Jermaine Jones
headed in a goal in the 67th minute, his second
consecutive winner, to push the New England
Revolution past Columbus Crew 2-1. (AP)
Goalkeeper Costil called
up to France squad
PARIS---Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil has
been called up by France coach Didier
Deschamps as a replacement for the injured
Stephane Ruffier for friendly matches against
Portugal and Armenia.
Ruffier, who plays for Saint-Etienne, is third in
Deschamps' pecking order behind Tottenham's
Hugo Lloris and Marseille's Steve Mandanda.
The French football federation said Ruffier
withdrew from the squad on Sunday because of
a toe injury.
France hosts Portugal on October 11 and plays
in Armenia three days later. All are part of Group
I in qualifying for the 2016 European
Championship. France is already qualified as
Bayern players, partners
MUNICH---Bayern Munich players celebrated
their impressive start to the season at the
traditional Oktoberfest celebrations yesterday.
Accompanied by family members and clad in
festival attire, players and staff toasted a run of
10 games without defeat across all competitions
and a healthy Bundesliga lead.
Referring to Bayern's 4-0 rout of Hannover on
Saturday, Thomas Mueller says "We're in a great
position and played really well yesterday, so we
can go for it today."
Seven players were enjoying their first
Oktoberfest---Pepe Reina, Medhi Benatia, Juan
Bernat, Xabi Alonso, Sebastian Rode, Robert
Lewandowski and Sinan Kurt.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was missing with
tonsillitis and coach Pep Guardiola left early to
observe Champions League opponents Roma
Schmelzer added to
Dortmund's injury list
DORTMUND---Borussia Dortmund's injury
problems got worse yesterday with defender
Marcel Schmelzer likely to be out for four weeks
with a broken right hand.
The Bundesliga club says Schmelzer broke a
bone in the hand during Saturday's 1-0 loss at
home to previously winless Hamburger SV.
The 26-year-old underwent an operation
Saturday evening and team doctor Markus
Braun estimated the four-week recovery period.
Schmelzer, who missed Germany's winning
World Cup campaign with a knee injury, also
missed the opening games of the season with a
He is the seventh Dortmund midfielder to be
ruled out for an extended period, along with
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus, Jakub
Blaszczykowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Nuri Sahin and
Dortmund has three defeats and no wins in
four Bundesliga games.
Barzagli out for another month
TURIN---Juventus and Italy defender Andrea
Barzagli will be sidelined for another month after
seeing a specialist on his injured right foot.
Barzagli underwent surgery in July but has
struggled since returning to training and is still in
On Sunday, Juventus says Barzagli saw a
specialist and a scan revealed he has a stress
fracture in his heel.
Juventus adds that Barzagli "will continue
with treatment and specific training for another
30 days and will then undergo new tests."
Barzagli has been ever present for Juventus in
its three successive title victories.
The 33-year-old player is also a key part of the
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, centre,
from Portugal celebrates with Karim
Benzema, from France, and Marcelo, from
Brazil after Ronaldo scored against
Villarreal during a Spanish La Liga soccer
match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal,
Spain, on Saturday. AP PHOTO
Ronaldo scores three as
Madrid rolls over Bilbao
Wenger, Mourinho play down pushing incident
Keane's double leads Galaxy past Toronto
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