Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 6th 2015 Contents Augsburg's Abdul Rahman Baba from Ghana, left, and
Schalke's Joel Matip from Cameroon challenge for the
ball during their German first division Bundesliga match
encounter in Augsburg, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, April 6, 2015
do erupted for his first five-goal
game yesterday, ending all talk
of a dry spell as the Real Madrid
star led a 9-1 demolition of
Granada to keep the pressure on
Spanish league leader Barcelona.
Ronaldo followed Gareth Bale's
opener by netting his first three
goals in a stunning eight-minute
span to decide the match before
halftime at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Ballon d'Or holder added
two more goals after the break as
Karim Benzema also netted a pair
in one of the club's most lopsided
wins. Madrid hadn't scored nine
goals in a league match in 47 years.
Its biggest league victory remains
an 11-2 thrashing of Elche in 1960.
"Cristiano is a phenomenon,"
Benzema said. "He is always on
the lookout for goals and ways of
helping the team."
Madrid and the Spanish league
said this was the first time Ronaldo
had scored five goals in a match
and it came after a two-month
stretch when the Portugal star was
merely extremely good after his
spectacular year in 2014. That
recent dip in form had even earned
him unexpected criticism as Lionel
Messi took over as the league's
most in-form scorer.
Usually protective of his players,
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said
on Saturday that Ronaldo "had
lowered his productivity" in the
past two months as Madrid lost
its league lead to Barcelona.
Ronaldo responded in emphatic
fashion by netting his 43rd, 44th,
45th, 46th and 47th goals in his
41st game of the season in all com-
His performance left his coach
almost as awe-struck as Granada's
"What more can be said?"
Ancelotti said. "(Ronaldo) has
improved just as the team has.
This is the first time he has scored
five goals in a game and that is
good news for everyone, for him,
for the team and in terms of the
Ronaldo's outburst moved him
ahead of Messi in their individual
duel to lead the scoring this season
with 36 goals to the Barcelona for-
Ronaldo's 28th game with three-
or-more goals for Madrid increased
his career tally with the club to
300 goals in 287 games. Only
Alfredo Di Stefano with 308 goals
in 396 games and Raul Gonzalez
with 323 in 741 have more goals
in Real's history.
Madrid's win came one round
after losing at Barcelona and pulled
it to within one point of the pace-
setter before it visits Celta Vigo
later, after Getafe hosts Deportivo
remained in fourth place and
Villarreal in sixth after they
finished 0-0 at Mestalla Sta-
dium. The stalemate means
defending champion Atletico
Madrid is third after its win at
Cordoba on Saturday.
Granada goalkeeper Oier Olaz-
abal's long day began in the 25th
minute when Bale won Toni Kroos'
throughball and was all alone to
dribble around Olazabal and poke
the ball home.
Five minutes later James
Rodriguez marked his first game
in two months after recovering
from a broken right foot with an
exquisite pass to set up Ronaldo
for his first goal.
Olazabal was partly at fault for
Ronaldo's next two goals. Ronaldo
got his second when he blasted in
a short clearance by Olazabal in
the 36th before he drove a long
strike through Olazabal's hands in
the 38th for his hat trick. Ronaldo's
treble was not the fastest of the
season. Rayo Vallecano's Alberto
Bueno notched three goals in six
minutes before scoring a fourth in
a 4-2 win over Levante in Febru-
ary.Benzema got into the act with
a goal in the 52nd. Ronaldo headed
in Bale's pass two minutes later,
and Benzema's deflected shot
found the net in the 56th.
Roberto Ibanez scored for
Granada in the 74th. But Diego
Mainz scored an own goal with
seven minutes left before Ronaldo
got his final goal against Granada's
demoralized defence in the 90th.
"This is the biggest blow I have
ever had, either as a player or a
coach," said Granada's veteran
manager Abel Resino, whose team
was left in the relegation zone.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammate Marcelo after scoring a goal during a La Liga
match against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
In the Netherlands
...scores 5 in Madrid's 9-1 rout of Granada
MOSCOW---Hulk scored twice to
give Zenit St. Petersburg a 2-1 win
over CSKA Moscow in a match billed
as a potential Russian Premier
League title decider.
The win leaves Zenit eight points
clear at the top with nine games
remaining and on target to win the
title for the first time since 2012,
barring a comeback of the sort that
saw CSKA recover from nine points
down to become champion last
Brazilian striker Hulk blasted
hosts Zenit ahead with a 25-yard
shot off the post in the 63rd minute
and extended his team's lead 11
minutes later, reacting quickly to
score on a rebound.
Eighteen-year-old Swede Carlos
Strandberg displayed fine ball
control to score in the 82nd against
the run of play and ensure a tense
finish, but CSKA could not find an
Zenit dominated the game
throughout, frequently testing CSKA
goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who made
several strong saves just nine days
after he was hospitalized when a
flare was thrown at his head in a
game for Russia against
Montenegro. Akinfeev was treated
for burns and concussion after that
incident, which is being investigated
Defeat ends a run of six league
wins for CSKA, which is now under
heavy pressure from third-placed FC
Krasnodar, which is keen to snatch
the second of the league's two
Champions League spots.
Krasnodar sits two points behind
CSKA after hammering Mordovia
Saransk in a 4-0 win Saturday, with
midfielder Pavel Mamaev scoring
twice. Earlier, fourth-placed Rubin
Kazan had seen off Amkar Perm 3-0
to briefly take third.
A tense Moscow derby saw fifth-
placed Dynamo held to a 2-2 draw
by Lokomotiv despite the
Railwaymen being reduced to 10
men by a 48th-minute red card for
In other results, Spartak Moscow
drew 1-1 with Kuban Krasnodar on
a late equalizer yesterday to hold
Ajax to a 1-1 draw, leaving PSV
Eindhoven 10 points clear at the
top of the Dutch Eredivisie.
Netherlands winger Memphis
Depay scored twice Saturday
night as PSV, which is closing in
on its first league title since
2008, thrashed FC Twente 5-0.
Ajax, which now appears
certain to relinquish its title after
four straight years as Eredivisie
champion, took the lead in the
51st minute through a Ramon
Leeuwin own goal but substitute
Gevero Markiet levelled in the
85th, just four minutes after
coming on as a late substitute.
Leeuwin's miserable afternoon
was completed when he was
sent off shortly before full time.
Third-placed Feyenoord won 4-
1 at AZ Alkmaar to move six
points behind Ajax.
BERLIN---Augsburg and Schalke
played out a goalless draw in the
Bundesliga yesterday, while Hertha
Berlin eased its relegation worries
with a 2-0 home win over
had a clear
chance in the
Marwin Hitz with only the
goalkeeper to beat after Tranquillo
Barnetta won the ball.
The Netherlands striker hasn't
scored in 10 league games.
Raul Bobadilla and Caiuby came
closest for Augsburg in a hard-
fought match with few clear-cut
With seven games remaining,
Schalke remained fifth and a point
ahead of Augsburg in sixth, the last
European qualification position.
Hoffenheim was two points behind.
The dropped points mean Schalke
can almost forget about Champions
League football next season, with
Bayer Leverkusen eight points
clear in fourth.
"We're disappointed not to
have won," Schalke coach
Roberto di Matteo said. (AP)
Hulk fires Zenit to 2-0 win
over Russian title rival CSKA
PSV's Eredivisie lead stretches
to 10 points as Ajax draws
Schalke draws at Augsburg
to stay fifth in Bundesliga
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