Real Madrid forward Cristian Ronaldo netted a brace and grabbed an assist as the Spanish giants thumped visiti g Athletic Bilbao 4 – 2 in the La Liga clash staged at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday 13 February.
For Ream Madrid, the only concern from the game would probably be the red card shown to Frenchman Raphael Varane late in the second half.
Ronaldo started the rout very early in the game, netting the opener on the third minute after picking an assist from Karim Benzema but the advantage was cut by Javier Eraso on the 10th minute.
James Rodriguez restored the advantage on the 37th minute from Danilo’s assist and Ronaldo came to the scene again with a 45th minute assist to see Toni Kroos net the third for a healthy lead going to the break.
With the game seeming to be headed to the end at 3 – 1, it sparked to life in the final ten minutes with Varane picking his second yellow of the game and Ronaldo netting the fourth on 87 minutes.
Gorka Elustondo netted a late consolation for the visitors but Real Madrid held on to move to second spot ahead of Atletico Madrid.