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Cristiano Ronaldo warms-up for Man United clash with 33 minute hat-trick for Real Madrid

Bring on Fergie and United! Ronaldo warms-up for Euro clash with 33 minute hat-trick for Real

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

22:39 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:19 GMT, 10 February 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo fired an ominous
warning to former club Manchester United with a hat-trick as Real Madrid
warmed up for their Champions League showdown against the Red Devils
with a 4-1 Primera Division win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

Matches against Sevilla have proved
rich pickings for Ronaldo and it was no different tonight as he followed
up Karim Benzema's 18th-minute opener with goals in the 26th, 46th and
59th minutes as Madrid sauntered to victory .

Special one: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is congratulated by team mates Fabio Coentrao and Raul Albiol after scoring a goal against Sevilla

Special one: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is congratulated by team mates Fabio Coentrao and Raul Albiol after scoring a goal against Sevilla

Cool finish: Ronaldo scores his goal under pressure of Sevilla's Federico Fazio

Cool finish: Ronaldo scores his goal under pressure of Sevilla's Federico Fazio

That took his tally of hat-tricks for the Spanish giants to an incredible 20 before he was replaced in the 63rd minute as Jose Mourinho opted to wrap his trump card in cotton wool ahead of Wednesday's visit of United in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash.

Granada, who stunned Mourinho's men last weekend with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Ronaldo own goal, continued where they left off against the champions this evening as they trounced Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 at the Riazor.

Carlos Marchena's own goal on the stroke of half-time set the visitors on their way and Ighalo's strike six minutes after the restart doubled their advantage.

Depor then missed a number of chances to get themselves back into the game and their night was summed up when they conceded a dubious penalty – converted by Guilherme Siqueira – in the last minute and saw Manuel Pablo sent off.

'For Madrid every game is special, but on Wednesday we have to be ready to meet the challenge,' said Madrid defender Pepe, who went on late for his first action since surgery on his right ankle in early January.

'Cristiano is playing well. He is working hard and we need him to keep it up.'

Three and easy: Ronaldo completes his hat-trick

Three and easy: Ronaldo completes his hat-trick

Off and running: Ronaldo claimed his 20th hat-trick

Up and running: Ronaldo claimed his 21st hat-trick

danger man: Ronaldo with a trademark free kick

Danger man: Ronaldo with a trademark free kick

Cristiano Ronaldo incredible hat-trick record for Real Madrid

Ronaldo has struck an incredible 19 HAT-TRICKS for Real Madrid since 2010… and his latest one is just perfect


August 28 – Zaragoza (A) League 24, 71, 87 (won 6-0) 63min
September 24 – Rayo Vallecano (H) 39, pen 51, pen 84 (won 6-2) 45min
October 22 – Malaga (A) 23, 28, 38 (won 4-0) 15min
November 6 – Osasuna (H) 23, pen 54, 58 (won 7-1) 35min
December 17 – Sevilla (A) 10, 41, pen 85 (won 6-2) 75min
February 12 – Levante (H) pen 45, 50, 57 (won 4-2) 12min
April 11 – Atletico Madrid (A) 25, 68, pen 83 (won 4-1) 58min

2012-2013
September 30 – Deportivo La Coruna (H) pen 23, 44, pen 84 (won 5-1) 61min
October 3 – Ajax (A) Champions League 42, 79, 81 (won 4-1) 41min
January 9 – Celta Vigo (H) Copa del Rey 3, 24, 87 (won 4-0) 84min
January 27 – Getafe (H) League 62, 65, pen 72 (won 4-0) 10min

How does Ronaldo's perfect hat-trick compare to these

Peter Crouch (Liverpool v Arsenal 2006/2007)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea v Tottenham 2001-2002)

Joel Pohjanpalo (Perfect hat-trick in three minutes 19 seconds for HJK Helsinki)

WILL OLD TRAFFORD'S BOBBLY PITCH SLOW HIM DOWN

The inconsistent playing surface at Old Trafford has caused difficulties at times for Manchester United this season – so much so that Darren Fletcher has not been able to play on it.

But it could prove a blessing in disguise when Real Madrid – and ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo – come calling in the Champions League next month.

The less-than-perfect pitch is coming towards the end of its lifespan – having been laid six years ago.

And it was again noticeable on Saturday, when large areas started cutting up during United's FA Cup tie with Fulham.

Muddy: The Old Trafford turf kicks up as Javier Hernandez shoots during the recent match with West Ham

Muddy: The Old Trafford turf kicks up as Javier Hernandez shoots during the recent match with West Ham

But it won't be re-laid until the summer – meaning Ronaldo and co will have to make the best of it as they try to get past United into the last eight.

Earlier this month, Sir Alex Ferguson said the surface had 'collapsed' and that it was so heavy, Fletcher, who was trying to make a return following a bowel condition, was unable to make progress.

Ferguson said: 'We have had six great years out of the pitch. Our groundsman, Tony Sinclair, has done a fantastic job. But it is looking tired now and I think we will have a new pitch in the summer.'

Falcao scores five goals – here"s more five-goal heroes

What do Falcao, Ted Drake and Frankie Bunn have in common (Hint: it has nothing to do with haircuts or salaries)

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15:15 GMT, 10 December 2012

Radamel Falcao was the hero for Athletico Madrid in La Liga this weekend, as his team stormed to a 6-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

Five of the team’s six goals came from the Colombian himself, as he went on a striking rampage that threatened to overshadow Lionel Messi's record-breaking feats on the same night.

Both Chelsea and Manchester City are rumoured to be courting the 26-year-old for a January transfer, but they will have to shell out a sum in the region of 48 million to meet the release fee in his contract with Athletico.

Radamel Falcao celebrates one of his five goals against Deportivo La Corun

The Colombian scored five goals for Athletico Madrid in their clash with Deportivo La Coruna

Stunning though it is to score five goals in a single game, Falcao is far from the first star to have achieved it. He follows in the footsteps of a number of players who have put on dazzling display over the years.

Fernando Morientes

Fernando Morientes was the last Liga player to net five, as Real Madrid crushed Las Palmas 7-0 in 2002.

The Spaniard could have made it six had he been able to take advantage of a penalty in the closing minutes but he failed to convert.

Oleg Salenko

Oleg Salenko is still the record-holder for the most goals scored in a World Cup game, after he hammered five goals home in Russia’s clash with Cameroon in 1994.

Despite taking the victory 6-1 the team still did not manage to progress into the knockout stages, though Salenko did net once more against Sweden, making him the joint top-scorer in the competition.

Lionel Messi

The list wouldn’t be complete of course without a mention of Lionel Messi’s haul against Bayer Leverkusen.

The Argentinian superstar set a new Champions League record with his sweep of five goals earlier this year, and the 7-1 win took Barcelona through to the tournament quarter-finals.

Kris Boyd

Kris Boyd has impressively managed to score five not once, but twice, and against the same team!

The first opportunity came in 2004 when the Scot blasted five past Dundee United, taking Kilmarnock to a 5-2 victory.

In 2009, he repeated the performance, this time playing for Rangers, and in the process surpassed Henrik Larsson as the Scottish Premier League's all-time top scorer.

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer rose to the challenge in 1999. With two penalties and three strikes, he helped Newcastle to an 8-0 drumming of Sheffield Wednesday. No less than you would expect from the all-time leading scorer in the Premier League.

Andy Cole

Andy Cole also scored a quintuple in the Nineties, and was in fact the first Premier League player to do so. When facing off against Ipswich Town in 1995, Cole added five to the 9-0 scoreline for Manchester United.

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe became the third player to score five goals in a Premier League (after Cole and Shearer).

Three of his five goals in Tottenham’s 9-1 defeat of Wigan in 2009 came in the space of seven minutes, making it the second fastest hat-trick in top-flight history.

The game was also only the second instance where a Premier League side had scored nine times in one game.

Malcolm Macdonald

Malcolm Macdonald, otherwise known as ‘SuperMac,’ made 14 appearances for England, but only one put him in the history books.

In a 1975 match against Cyprus, Macdonald used his head to great effect, scoring all five of England’s goals at Wembley.

The stunning feat occurred after England manager Don Revie allegedly told Macdonald that he would never pick him again unless he scored.


Dimitar Berbatov

Blackburn suffered from the brilliance of Dimitar Berbatov in 2010, when the Rovers went 7-1 down to a jubilant Manchester United. The Bulgarian was surprised by his own success, having scored his first goal in 11 games during the second minute of the match.

Frankie Bunn

Frankie Bunn astounded himself and his teammates by going one better than all the Premier League stars, scoring an amazing six goals in one game.

Oldham humiliated Scarborough in the third round of the League Cup with an emphatic 7-0 victory.

Bunn still holds the Football League Cup record for the most goals scored by a single player in a match.

Ted Drake

Ted Drake was the most prolific scorer of all, after netting seven against Aston Villa in 1935.

Drake still has an unrivalled strike record, having scored 139 goals in 184 starts.

Playing for Arsenal against Villa, Drake managed the incredible seven goals in his typical fearless style, despite playing with heavy strapping on his knee.

Radamel Falcao scores five goals against Deportivo La Coruna

Falcao grabs FIVE goals in one game to rival Messi for the spotlight on his historic day

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

21:17 GMT, 9 December 2012

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UPDATED:

21:17 GMT, 9 December 2012

On the day Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year, Radamel Falcao reminded us all of his claim to be the world's best striker.

The 26-year-old Colombian hotshot scored five times as Atletico Madrid trashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-0.

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On fire: Radamel Falcao simply cannot be stopped

On fire: Radamel Falcao simply cannot be stopped

As forwards go, you cannot rival the Argentine genius but if you are looking for a 'pure' striker, Falcao is hard to beat.

Brilliant in the air, composed from the penalty spot and lethal from all angles and ranges, it seems nobody can handle him.

When Messi scored his second against Real Betis, to break Muller's record, it took him to 30 goals in 23 games for Barcelona this season.

Falcao has been scoring at a similar rate – 19 goals in 15 games for Atletico is not to be sniffed at. If he keeps this up next year he could be in with a chance of contesting Messi's new record.

While Chelsea will be encouraged that Fernando Torres has grabbed four goals this a week, they will no doubt be salvating now their primary January transfer window target has hit five in a single game.

Bravery: Falcao puts his neck on the line for his side as he scored the fourth goal

Bravery: Falcao puts his neck on the line for his side as he scored the fourth goal

In his first goal he showed the basics of clinical finishing, the second demonstrated his penchant for the spectacular.

He coolly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot for No 3 and then bravely dived in to get his fourth.

By the time Falcao grabbed the fifth, Deportivo were in pieces, but he still showed strength to turn under pressure and then blast home.

If he does show up at Stamford Bridge in January, unlike previous expensive acquisitions Torres and Andriy Shevchenko, this will be a player at his peak and worth the price tag. Beware.

Newcastle"s Xisco kid gets rare chance to shine in Bruges after recall to Alan Pardew"s squad

Newcastle's Xisco kid gets rare chance to shine in Bruges after recall to Pardew's squad

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UPDATED:

23:26 GMT, 7 November 2012

Newcastle outcast Xisco could be given the chance to revive his career in Belgium after he was recalled to Alan Pardew’s Europa League squad.

The 5.7million striker, who was a Dennis Wise/Kevin Keegan signing, has
travelled to Bruges.

Although likely to be among the substitutes, as Pardew turns to Ameobi
brothers Shola and Sammy to start the Group D clash, Pardew has recalled
the former Spain Under 21 striker after he impressed for the club's
reserves in the last month.

Second chance Xisco (right) could be set for a return to action

Second chance Xisco (right) could be set for a return to action

Xisco has been on loan at former club Deportivo La Coruna and Santander
in the last two season and last played for Newcastle in August 2010
against Aston Villa. In fact he has played just three league games since
his 5.7million move from Deportivo and scoring in his debut against
Hull City.

Pardew said: 'He has worked hard, we feel he has contributed to the group and therefore we have included him on this trip.

'The future for Xisco, hopefully, is a return to playing. Like all
players, he wants to play and he has not really done anything wrong
other than not reach the level of the first team since he has been here.

'We have tried to give him some direction and some hope that he can
forward his career. I don't know how much pain he has gone though, if I
am honest, I have not really sat down and spoken to him about that.

'My purpose at this football club is to try to get the best out of every
individual, and I am trying to do that with him. I am not sure if he
will be included tomorrow, if I am honest, but I wanted to bring him
into the group just so he felt part of it.

'He causes us no problems, he is well-liked within the group, he gets on
with his work and we are trying to help him.' Pardew has decided to
leave Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez in Newcastle to rest, while top
scorer Demba Ba nurses a sore shin. Yohan Cabaye, who came off with a
tight thigh at Anfield on Sunday, has travelled and the Ameobi brothers
will start up front together for the first time.

More than 2,500 Newcastle fans are
expected in the Jan Breydel Stadium, but around double that number could
travel to the Belgian city without tickets.

After warnings last month that
ticketless fans will be arrested near the ground, local police have
relented and are hoping bars and the city squares will provide enough
screens to watch the game.

Pardew added: 'We know what our fans
are like. When we take anything over 600, they start sounding like a
whole stadium, so I am sure we will have very vocal support tomorrow.

'Tickets are at a premium – we can't
get tickets for everyone we want. It's brilliant that they have come and
followed us. We are absolutely delighted.

'I hope they conduct themselves in
and around the city in the right manner – that's important too because
we have got fantastic supporters.'

Xisco scores hat-trick for Newcastle reserves

Are you still here! Newcastle flop Xisco hits hat-trick for reserves… and sets sights on unlikely return

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10:18 GMT, 23 October 2012

One of the names associated with the bleakest periods of Newcastle's recent history has claimed he is ready to produce the goods for the club after four forgettable years.

And he's kick-started his new lease of life with a hat-trick for the Toon's second string.

Xisco, a 5.7million signing from Deportivo la Coruna in 2008, has spent much of the last three seasons on loan in his homeland, but stole the show on Monday night in a 5-1 win over Stoke reserves.

Remember me Striker Xisco is ready to finally make an impact for Newcastle

Remember me Striker Xisco is ready to finally make an impact for Newcastle

In only his second appearance in the famous black and white shirt in 18 months Xisco showed his class with three smart finishes.

Speaking afterwards, the 26-year-old told the Chronicle: 'Maybe there is a happy chapter still to come for me with Newcastle. In football, these things can happen – all I can do is try my best. We’ll see after that what happens.'

'Sometimes it has been hard here for me. When I came here I was happy to sign, I wanted to play for the first team. I haven’t always had that chance. You train hard, do your best and you don’t get your chance.

'It’s difficult, and you get frustrated. That’s why I tried to go back to Spain each season. When I came here in the first season, it was difficult.

'We had three or four managers, it was my first season and it wasn’t good. It was a bad start in the Premier League for me.

'Then I went back to Spain every year because I felt comfortable there. They gave me the confidence and the chance to play.'

Discussing Toon manager Alan Pardew – Xisco's fourth boss at St James' Park – the Spaniard added: 'He just told me I don’t need to give up. He said to try hard and do my best and that anything can happen.'

Deportivo 4 Barcelona 5: Match report

Deportivo 4 Barcelona 5: Messi fires in hat-trick as Barca prepare to greet Celtic

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22:40 GMT, 20 October 2012

A Lionel Messi hat-trick only told half of the story as Barcelona held off a plucky Deportivo La Coruna to win a captivating Primera Division match 5-4 at Riazor.

Messi's dazzling display may strike fear into Celtic fans, as the SPL champions travel to Barcelona for Tuesday's Champions League clash.

Saturday evening's game looked to be a one-sided affair when the league leaders raced into a three-goal lead through Jordi Alba, Cristian Tello and Messi after just 18 minutes.

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona to victory

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona to victory

However, Depor replied with a Luis
Pizzi penalty and an Alex Bergantinos goal before Messi struck again to
put Barca back in the driving seat.

Pizzi's second of the match then set the nerves jangling once more and the dismissal of Javier Mascherano gave the visitors further food for thought until Messi made it 5-3 with his third.

The excitement did not stop there though, and an own goal from Alba brought Depor back within touching distance of their opponents with 11 minutes remaining.

However, despite their best attempts to grab a deserved equaliser, their luck ran out as Barca held on for the points.

Gonzalo Higuain's cross-cum-shot and a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo helped injury-hit Real Madrid to a comfortable, if uninspiring, 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo.

The recent international break has left Madrid short of options at the back, with full-backs Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa facing spells on the sidelines, but they attacked from the off although Higuain's 11th-minute opener was a touch fortunate.

Struggle: Cesc Fabregas (right) and Barcelona had led by three goals early in the game

Struggle: Cesc Fabregas (right) and Barcelona had led by three goals early in the game

Thrilling: Messi's brilliance once again helped Barcelona to victory

Thrilling: Messi's brilliance once again helped Barcelona to victory

Ronaldo netted from the spot midway through the second half to settle matters after Mesut Ozil tumbled in the area following a rather innocuous challenge from defender Gustavo Cabral.
The win meant Madrid moved up to fourth.

Valencia snatched victory away from 10-man Athletic Bilbao with two late goals in a match between two of the Primera Division's most notable early-season strugglers.

Aritz Aduriz's first-half double, either side of a Roberto Soldado penalty, looked like it would be enough for Bilbao despite Ander Herrera's dismissal on 67 minutes.

But after Tino Costa levelled with just two minutes remaining, substitute Nelson Valdez popped up to head in the winner with barely any time left on the clock.

Joaquin scored the winner three minutes from time as Malaga came from behind to beat 10-man Real Valladolid 2-1.

Manucho had fired the visitors into a shock lead on just nine minutes but Isco levelled the scores eight minutes before half-time with an accurate low finish from Eliseu's cut-back.

The game appeared to being going Malaga's way when Manucho was harshly sent off for a second yellow card nine minutes from time and then the hosts were awarded a penalty when Henrique Sereno felled Javier Saviola in the area, but Joaquin blazed his spot-kick over.

However, the former Spain international made amends two minutes later when he pounced after Dani Gimenez could only parry Martin Demichelis' header back into the danger area.

Me too: Jordi Alba got in on the act

Me too: Jordi Alba got in on the act

Too good: Messi clenched his fist in delight after scoring one of his three goals

Too good: Messi clenched his fist in delight after scoring one of his three goals

Real Madrid 5 Deportivo La Coruna 1: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helps Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna

Real Madrid 5 Deportivo La Coruna 1: Ronaldo hat-trick helps put Mourinho's men back in the title race

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22:43 GMT, 30 September 2012

Real Madrid reduced the gap at the top of the Primera Division to eight points ahead of next week's El Clasico as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick led them to a 5-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

Riki had given the visitors a shock lead on 15 minutes but Real were level seven minutes later when Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot after Manuel Pablo had brought down Angel Di Maria.

And the hosts were in cruise control by half-time as Di Maria and Ronaldo nodded in from close range just before the break.

The main man: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid won 5-1

The main man: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid won 5-1

Spot on: Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot

Spot on: Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot

Pepe headed in the fourth 25 minutes from time following Xabi Alonso's free-kick, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with another penalty after Evaldo had been harshly adjudged to have handled Kaka's cross.

Two goals in the opening 20 minutes were enough to hand Granada their first victory of the season as they withstood a second-half onslaught from Celta Vigo to win at Nuevo Los Carmenes.

Getting in on the act: Pepe celebrates his goal

Getting in on the act: Pepe celebrates his goal

Looking up: Ronaldo kept his goalscoring record up

Looking up: Ronaldo kept his goalscoring record up

Guilherme Siqueira had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot after 11 minutes and the Brazilian left-back then brilliantly set up Gabriel Torje to double the advantage moments later.

Iago Aspas quickly reduced the arrears for Celta and the hosts were thankful to goalkeeper Tono as he made a number of fine saves after the break, most notably to deny Park Chu-young an equaliser two minutes from time.

All together now: Pepe celebrates with Ronaldo and Kaka

All together now: Pepe celebrates with Ronaldo and Kaka

Playing his part: Jose Mourinho kicks the ball on the pitch back to his players to resume the game after conceding an early opening goal

Playing his part: Jose Mourinho kicks the ball on the pitch back to his players to resume the game after conceding an early opening goal

Four second-half goals – three in the last eight minutes – saw Osasuna wrap up their first victory of the season as they despatched a poor Levante side.

Emiliano Armenteros opened the scoring 10 minutes after the break before Roland Lamah (82), a David Timor penalty a minute from time and Nino's injury-time strike wrapped up a resounding victory of which there had been little indication after a poor first half.