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Ronaldo eclipses Leo Messi with hat-trick in Real Madrid romp

Ronaldo eclipses Messi with hat-trick in Real Madrid romp

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid”s 6-2 win at Sevilla last night to beat Leo Messi”s record of 42 league goals in a calendar year and send his team back to the top of La Liga.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 10th minute and, after Jose Callejon had added No 2, slammed a spectacular third from the edge of the area four minutes before half-time.

Treble top: Real Madrid

Treble top: Real Madrid”s Cristiano Ronaldo

Pepe was sent off just before the interval for a second yellow card but any hopes Sevilla had of capitalising on their numerical advantage were lost when Angel di Maria grabbed the fourth.

Jesus Navas made it 4-1 with 20 minutes left but Sevilla”s Manu del Moral was sent off 15 minutes from time for bringing down Xabi Alonso.

Ronaldo completed his hat-trick from the spot to take his league tally for the year to 43. Hamit Altintop scored the sixth before Alvaro Negredo added a late consolation for Sevilla.

Ronaldo said: “Those who criticise me don”t know anything about football.”

Jonjo Shelvey out to impress Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool midfielder Shelvey out to impress manager Dalglish

Jonjo Shelvey has his sights firmly set on the Liverpool first team following his successful loan spell with Blackpool.

Shelvey scored six goals in 10 appearances for the Seasiders during his stint with the npower Championship side earlier this term before being called back to Anfield due to Lucas Leiva sustaining a season-ending cruciate knee ligament injury.

Ready for action: Jonjo Shelvey hopes to get chance to shine

Ready for action: Jonjo Shelvey hopes to get chance to shine

Along with Lucas, the Reds have captain Steven Gerrard (ankle) in the treatment room, while fellow midfielder Jay Spearing was sent off on his first Barclays Premier League start of the campaign at Fulham last week and still has two matches of his suspension to serve.

It presents a potential opportunity in the middle for Shelvey and the 19-year-old is keen to show manager Kenny Dalglish he is ready for action.

“I feel that the time I spent away from the club really helped me come on as a player,” Shelvey told www.liverpoolfc.tv.

“But it also made me realise just how much I want to be playing in Liverpool”s first team.

Boost: Shelvey enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blackpool

Boost: Shelvey enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blackpool

“There”s a big difference between Championship football and Premier League football.

“It”s so good to be back in and around the squad.

“I only got on for a few minutes on Saturday (in the 1-0 win against QPR) but it was really special to be back out there on the pitch in front of the fans. It”s always a great honour to play for Liverpool.

“Kenny called me back and hopefully now I can show the gaffer what I can do.

“I”ve got to deliver day in, day out in training and try to force my way into his plans.”

He added: “Obviously it was really unfortunate for Lucas to get such a bad injury and then for Jay to get a ban as well.

“With a few players missing there”s definitely an opening there but it”s down to the gaffer whether he wants to pick me.

“When my time comes I”ll be waiting and ready to take my chance.”

Meanwhile, another Reds midfield man Charlie Adam says he is not concerned by any additional sense of pressure to perform in the absence of the likes of Gerrard and Lucas – because responsibility is something he has felt from the moment he joined Liverpool this summer.

“I”ve always felt responsibility because when you come to a club like this you have to take responsibility and you can”t hide,” Adam said.

“The two players we”ve lost is a big loss for us – one is the captain and one is an international for Brazil.

“It”s been difficult, but the lads have come in and done and great job.

“Hopefully we can continue that and it will be nice to see them back in the first team.”

Stiliyan Petrov still part of my plans, insists Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish

Petrov still part of my plans, insists Villa boss McLeish

Manager Alex McLeish insists he wants to keep captain Stiliyan Petrov despite planning a clear-out at Aston Villa.

The Bulgaria midfielder fired a timely reminder by finding the net with a deflected long-range strike inSaturday”s 2-1 victory over Bolton.

Key man: McLeish insists he wants to keep captain Petrov

Key man: McLeish insists he wants to keep captain Petrov

And McLeish, who is keen to bring in another central midfielder in the January transfer, said cash-strapped Villa would only sell Petrov if they received an “offer they can”t refuse”.

The Villa boss said: “I saw that report but we’ve never said anything. I can only assume it’s come from an agent. We’ve never said that and I’ve never said to Stiliyan that we will try to get you out in January.

“Sometimes some things happen and fall in your lap, like when Kenny Miller left Hibernian.

“The board were trying to get more money from Rangers and they went to a certain figure and I said they had to push the button now, because that might help get two or three players in to bolster the squad.

All change: Alex McLeish (left) wants to shake up his squad

All change: Alex McLeish (left) wants to shake up his squad

“On occasions you have to make a sacrifice but we have no intentions of letting Stan go in January unless someone comes in with a bid we can’t refuse.

“But I’m sure that’s not going to happen. I said when I came in that the only experienced midfielder we have is Stan Petrov.

“Stan came back strong against Bolton after a wee rest with a good performance. When I thought Stan was getting tired he came with a burst in the last five minutes again.

“So he’s still got a bit of staying power.”

Martin O"Neill joy at "surreal" Sunderland win

O”Neill joy at “surreal” win that gets his Sunderland career up and running

Martin O”Neill celebrated his first match in charge of Sunderland in “surreal” fashion with a dramatic late victory over Blackburn.

O”Neill”s bow looked to be heading for disaster with Rovers leading 1-0 at the Stadium of Light with just six minutes to play.

However, David Vaughan”s 84th-minute piledriver pulled the hosts level and set the stage for Sebastian Larsson to snatch three points with an injury-time free-kick to spark a trademark celebration from the 59-year-old Ulsterman.

Jumping for joy: Martin O

Jumping for joy: Martin O”Neill celebrates Sunderland”s win

O”Neill said: “It was surreal, really surreal. Just to get three points on the board is immense.

“I would have given a lot for that, just to have won the game, but mainly – forget about myself – just for the players.

“Having lost the game here last time out against Wigan in the circumstances in which they did, and then to go to Wolves and miss the penalty and then lose the game…

“It”s only a win, it only gives us a win. We have a million miles to go, but in terms of restoration of confidence, it was great.”

Sunderland”s Wearside misery – they had won only three times on their own pitch in 2011 before kick-off – seemed likely to continue with Blackburn leading through Simon Vukcevic”s 17th-minute header with just six minutes remaining.

But it was then the Black Cats, who had been lethargic before the break, made their improved second-half performance count, and did so in some style.

Piledriver: David Vaughan

Piledriver: David Vaughan”s shot nestles in the back of the net

Vaughan levelled with a sweetly-struck 30-yard drive to send a sigh of relief around the Stadium of Light, although the real drama was still to come.

Two minutes of injury-time had passed at the end of the game when Larsson curled home a free-kick off the foot of the post to snatch victory and ease the Black Cats” fears of being dragged into a relegation scrap.

O”Neill had revealed before the game he has been dreaming of winning his first match, but admitted the circumstances in which victory was delivered were more far-fetched than those of his imagination.

He said: “Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought about those. David Vaughan”s equalising goal was just brilliant.”

For once, the majority of a crowd of 39,863 headed home with smiles on their faces, but none of them broader than the one sported by the new manager.

O”Neill said: “If they feel half as good as I do at the minute, they will be pretty pleased.

At the death: Sebastian Larsson celebrates the winning goal

At the death: Sebastian Larsson celebrates the winning goal

“It”s a typical Irish trait to say there will be many a dark day around the corner, but there you go. I think that was just my upbringing.”

Blackburn boss Steve Kean”s emotions were markedly different as the Black Cats left his team behind them inside the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

He was left to bemoan the decision for handball against Mauro Formica which led to Larsson”s decisive strike, and a disallowed Scott Dann goal four minutes before the break after Samba was adjudged to have fouled keeper Keiren Westwood.

Kean, who insisted he know nothing about an impending financial crisis amid reports that the players may not be paid in February, also had to cope with the loss of Michel Salgado with suspected fractured ribs, Jason Lowe through concussion and Gael Givet with heart palpitations.


Fan”s favourite: O” Neill made an immediate impact at Sunderland

Asked about Givet, he said: “He has had it before and he was feeling as if his pulse was pounding out of his neck.

“The doctor said there was a potential that he could collapse, so we had to just get him off.

“He has had it before in the past when his heart goes out of synch and starts to fire at a different time.

“The doctor said we needed to get him off because we could have ended up with a much more serious situation.”

Scarlets 14 Munster 17: Ronan O"Gara marks 100 Heineken Cup appearances with with 12-point haul

Scarlets 14 Munster 17: O”Gara marks Cup ton with dozen-point haul

Ronan O”Gara celebrated his 100th Heineken Cup appearance with 12 points as Munster saw off the Scarlets in a rousing European clash at Parc y Scarlets.

The other points for the Irish came with a first-half try for flanker Niall Ronan. It was Munster”s 13th straight win over the Scarlets.

Not this time: Scarlets

Not this time: Scarlets” Scott Williams is held by Damien Varley and Ronan O”Gara

The Scarlets, who had a try for flanker Aaron Shingler, two penalties for Rhys Priestland and one for Stephen Jones, led twice but could not match Munster”s more streetwise approach.

It did not help the Scarlets that they suffered a pre-match setback with wing George North ruled out with a dead leg.

The 19-year-old was injured in Wales” defeat to Australia last weekend and the region had hoped he would recover.

Up and over: Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty for Scarlets

Up and over: Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty for Scarlets

But North has failed a late fitness test. It meant Liam Williams moved to the wing from full-back with Dan Newton filling the number 15 jersey.

The Scarlets, spurred on with their first two wins against Castres and Northampton and a record Heineken Cup crowd of 13,183, had much of the better of the opening quarter which was reflected in an 8-0 lead.

Priestland was wayward with an early penalty shot but a vocal home crowd were soon cheering a Scarlets try on six minutes.

Dejection: Phil John, Tavis Knoyle and Kieran Murphy know their fate

Dejection: Phil John, Tavis Knoyle and Kieran Murphy know their fate

A Will Chambers attempted pass went astray with Jonathan Davies hacking on with Shingler following up and going over.

Priestland”s conversion struck the post but three minutes later he was on target with a penalty after Munster had erred offside.

But after that Munster gradually came more and more into the game after going close with a try on 15 minutes.

Munster”s comeback was started when Priestland was forced to take a ball over his own line.

From the resulting scrum Scarlets collapsed and O”Gara broke the Irish province”s duck with a 27th-minute penalty.

That spurred Munster into action and their opening try came after Newton failed to find touch from his 22.

Going nowhere: Munster

Going nowhere: Munster”s Paul O”Connell can”t find a way through

Munster ran it back down the right touchline with Ronan stepping inside scrum-half Gareth Davies to go over.

Munster”s comeback was complete in the final minute of the half when O”Gara”s second penalty gave them an 11-8 interval lead.

Priestland got it back to 11-11 10 minutes into the second half and they had the chance of what looked like a certain try but Jonathan Davies failed to find Scott Williams, who was free outside him.

And Munster made the Scarlets pay with two more penalties on 56 and 62 minutes.

But in a match that was always going to be decided by small margins the Scarlets got back to within three points with a penalty from Stephen Jones, who took over the kicking duties from Priestland who missed two penalties and a conversion.

But it was not enough as the Scarlets made key handling mistakes in the dying minutes.

Ulster 31 Aironi 10: Hopes alive for Ulster after thumping win

Ulster 31 Aironi 10: Hopes alive for Ulster after thumping win

Ulster kept their European hopes alive with a thumping five-try win over Aironi, a result which puts Brian McLaughlin”s squad top of Pool Four at least until Clermont and Leicester Tigers do battle on Sunday.

Tries from man of the match Stephen Ferris, Adam D”Arcy, Andrew Trimble, Paul Marshall and 19-year-old Paddy Jackson saw Ulster on their way.

The win sets them up well to repeat the dose when they visit Aironi for the second part of the European double-header next Saturday, a game which Ulster again have to bid to take maximum points from.

Battle: Aironi

Battle: Aironi”s Tommaso D”Apice is tackled by Paul Marshall and Pedrie Wannenburg

Ulster showed their intent pretty much from the off, spurning an early penalty chance to go for the corner.

It did not pay off during Ulster”s bright opening – with Ferris making his presence felt – nor indeed the next time they tried it after just 10 minutes.

But just after the first quarter they made the breakthrough when a long pass from Ruan Pienaar saw fellow South African Pedrie Wannenburg pop a pass to Ferris and with some space out on the left the Ireland flanker powered through one tackle and scored in the left corner.

Ian Humphreys nailed a great conversion and Ulster were off, though Tito Tebaldi narrowed the home side”s lead to 7-3 three minutes later with a penalty.

The Aironi out-half was then wide with a long-range attempt after Ferris was penalised at a tackle and then Humphreys was also wide with a much more straightforward attempt just before the half hour.

Tebaldi should have put the Italians a point behind but missed a fairly run-of-the-mill effort after 32 minutes and Ulster had been granted a fairly major let-off.

Jump to it: Aironi

Jump to it: Aironi”s Marco Bortolami wins a line-out

The home side were also given a considerable boost by the sin-binning of full-back Giulio Toniolatti and with seven men now in the Aironi scrum, Ulster shoved them backwards and won the put-in in the Italians” 22 late in the half.

From there, after a couple of minutes of constant pressure, full-back D”Arcy scored in the same corner as Ferris and with Humphreys this time missing the extras Ulster went in at the break leading 12-3.

They hit the ground running on the re-start with a great wraparound from Pienaar with Rory Best allowed D”Arcy to put Trimble in some space though the Ireland winger had to work hard for his score, which was unconverted by Humphreys to make it 17-3.

With Aironi full-back Toniolatti coming back from the bin just after Trimble”s score, Ulster had put on a useful 10 points in his absence before Stefan Terblanche, on his debut, Marshall and Tom Court were brought on for Trimble, Pienaar and Paddy McCallister respectively.

The impact was swift as from a lineout take from Johann Muller, Simone Favaro strayed offside and Marshall scored from a quick tap for the bonus score Ulster had needed so much. Humphreys slotted the conversion and Ulster led 24-3.

With seemingly mass substitutions breaking up the game”s pattern, there was still more to come from Ulster as sub Jackson ran a nice loop and made the try line. Humphreys kicked his third conversion for Ulster to lead 31-3.

Replacement hooker Tommaso D”Apice”s late score, converted by Naas Oliver, was little consolation for Aironi.