Madrid march on

Dhaka,  Sun,  04 December 2016
Published : 27 Nov 2016, 11:42:07

Madrid march on thanks to Ronaldo brace

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid rode their luck to beat Sporting Gijon and go six points clear at the top of La Liga overnight.

The European champions looked in control when Ronaldo scored twice in the first 18 minutes in Saturday’s clash.

His opener was a penalty and his second was a header from Nacho's cross.

But Carlos Carmona pulled one back and Duje Cop missed a penalty for the visitors with 13 minutes left.

The Croatia international, who appeared to check his pulse just before taking the kick, fired high and wide after Nacho was penalised for fouling Victor Rodriguez.

Real went seven points clear briefly, but Sevilla beat Valencia 2-1 on Saturday evening to trim that lead by one point. Champions Barcelona can take it back down to four points on Sunday at Real Sociedad (19:45 GMT).

Ronaldo's double takes him up to 10 La Liga goals for the season, two above Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the golden boot race; according to BBC.

- TM
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