La Liga 2016/17: Deportivo Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid - 5 Talking Points
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty as Real Madrid beat Alaves and increased their lead at the top of La Liga.
Real Madrid travelled to Alaves this weekend with the intention of bagging all 3 points on the day and were successful at that. Deyverson gave Alaves an early lead but then gave a penalty away which was converted by Portuguese forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo added a second before the break with a deflected shot but had a second spot-kick saved by the Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco 10 minutes from time. Alvaro Morata scored Real's third before Ronaldo completed his treble.
Zinedine Zidane's side are three points clear of Sevilla who came into the game this weekend in second place on the table, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting Gijon earlier in the day. Barcelona are 2 points behind Real, while Atletico are a point further behind.
Here are 5 talking points from the game:
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo is back
The Portuguese forward broke his ‘mini-drought’ and was back to his best with a bang. He has not been in his best goalscoring form this season, having only scored 2 goals in La Liga before this game, in addition to a couple more in the Champions League.
Despite missing a penalty which he earned himself in the second half, Ronaldo managed to bag another hat-trick in his Madrid career. The numbers of his career are so mind-boggling that almost anything that the 3-time Ballon d'Or winner does on the pitch can surprise anyone anymore.
His first goal came from a penalty, while his second goal was one of the trademark long-range shots that Ronaldo is famed for.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane praised the Portuguese star’s performance and said that he did well in all aspects of the game