May 19, 2013
Ronaldo scores another hat-trick as Real romp past Getafe
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 home win over Getafe, denying leaders Barcelona the chance to win the La Liga title without kicking a ball.
Real cut the lead on their arch-rivals back to five points with two games left to play, which means Pep Guardiola's Barça side can wrap up their third consecutive league crown with a draw in their game in hand at Levante on Wednesday.
Barça have 91 points to Real's 86 and hold the head-to-head advantage over Jose Mourinho's team should they finish level on points next week.
Ronaldo closed to within two goals of Real Madrid's club record of 38 for a season held by Hugo Sánchez, with his seventh goal in four days after he bagged four in Saturday's 6-2 demolition of Sevilla.
The Portuguese forward outjumped two defenders to head the opener in the 24th minute from a superb curling cross by Mesut Ozil with the outside of his left boot.
The German playmaker also laid on Ronaldo's second after a swift counter-attack in the 57th with the Real forward having all the time he needed to slot in from close range.
Substitute Karim Benzema then volleyed in Xabi Alonso's long pass before Ronaldo sealed his hat-trick with a penalty in time added on, taking his tally for the season to a league-leading 36 goals ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi with 31.