Cristiano Ronaldo caps rout as Real Madrid open six-point gap over Barcelona

Ronaldo caps rout as Real Madrid open six-point gap over Barcelona

Real Madrid extended their lead at
the top of the Primera Division to six points with a comfortable win
over Granada on Saturday.

Madrid looked in for a testing
evening when Mikel Rico (22) cancelled out Karim Benzema's 19th-minute
opener to reward the visitors for an encouraging performance.

On target: Cristiano Ronaldo scored again

On target: Cristiano Ronaldo scored again

But Sergio Ramos headed Jose Mourinho's side back in front on 34 minutes and the game was over as a contest when Gonzalo Higuain and Benzema scored within five minutes of the start of the second period.

Cristiano Ronaldo then added further gloss to the scoreline with the fifth goal two minutes from time as Madrid extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona, who play Espanyol on Sunday.

Elsewhere, goals were in considerably shorter supply with just one scored in the day's other four games.

Manolo Jimenez made a losing start to
his tenure as Real Zaragoza coach as Racing Santander inflicted a narrow
defeat on the Primera Division strugglers.

Hit man: Karim Benzema scores against Granada

Hit man: Karim Benzema scores against Granada

Jimenez took over a side rock bottom of the table after the departure from the hotseat of Javier Aguirre, four points behind 19th-placed Racing and five adrift of safety.

Yet it was Racing who gave themselves a shot in the arm at El Sardinero as Bernardo Espinosa's header in first-half injury-time proved enough to earn a welcome victory.

The games between Levante and Real Mallorca, Real Sociedad and Osasuna and Malaga and Atletico Madrid – for whom Diego Simeone was making his debut in the hotseat – all ended goalless.