A bloodied Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid hammered struggling Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 on Sunday (21/1/18) to reclaim a fourth spot in the Spanish La Liga.
According to Reuters, Real had lost two of their last three league matches and got off on the wrong foot against Deportivo when former Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez put the visiting side ahead in the 23rd minute.
The stumbling La Liga champions responded in emphatic fashion, however, and went on to record their biggest win of the season in all competitions with two goals apiece from Gareth Bale, Nacho Fernandez and Ronaldo as well as a long-range strike from Luka Modric.
Ronaldo was unable to continue playing after he was left with a bloodied face by the boot of Deportivo defender Fabian Schar as he struck his second goal, which took him level with fellow player Bale as Real’s top scorer in the league with six goals.
The cut prompted him to use a phone as a mirror to check the extent of the injury.
Real climbed above Villarreal into fourth place on 35 points but are still 19 behind Barcelona.
On Saturday in the English Premier, Arsenal thumped London rivals Crystal Palace 4-1 to end a five-game winless streak in all competitions.
The Arsenal Wenger team netted four goals inside the first 22 minutes in the mouth-watering clash.
Goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette left Palace reeling and lifted the spirits among fans and players alike at The Emirates.
Arsenal are now unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League home games kicking off at 6pm on a Saturday, since losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign.
Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez, who is widely anticipated to sign for Manchester United, was left out of Arsenal’s squad but the team did not appear to miss his services.
The win left the Gunners in sixth place, two points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who visit Southampton on Sunday.