Madrid, Spain – Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema each had a brace as Real Madrid cruised to a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday at the Bernabeu to maintain its six-point cushion atop La Liga.
Gonzalo Higuain started the scoring for Madrid after just 6 minutes, Ronaldo notched his first in the 32nd, and Benzema bagged his first before half in the 40th.
Sociedad pulled a goal back before half through Xabi Prieto, but Benzema added his second 4 minutes after halftime and Ronaldo completed his brace inside the hour mark to complete the rout.
Ronaldo claimed the La Liga scoring lead with 35 goals, one ahead of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Madrid snapped a two-fixture winless skid, both draws, to maintain its cushion atop the standings over Barcelona at six points. The club tied its last two games to allow Barca to close a once double-digit deficit, but rebounded ahead of its Champions League quarterfinal series.
Real Madrid opens its last eight series against APOEL on Tuesday.
Mallorca 2, Barcelona 0
Mallorca, Spain - Alexis Sanchez and Gerard Pique scored and 10-man Barcelona beat Mallorca, 2-0, on Saturday at the Estadio Son Moix to extend its La Liga win streak to six matches.
Sanchez started the scoring in the 25th minute when he got a slight touch on a free kick from Lionel Messi, and Pique added the second goal in the 79th after Messi fired off the post.
Barca picked up four points on leader Real Madrid in the last week, and stayed within six points of the top in second place. Real downed Real Sociedad, 5-1, on Saturday.
Mallorca had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped, and remained in the bottom half of the standings.
Barca opens its Champions League quarterfinal series against AC Milan in Italy on Wednesday.
Getafe 3, Valencia 1
Getafe, Spain - Pedro Rios and Miku scored 12 minutes apart in the first half as Getafe overcame an early goal from Roberto Soldado in a 3-1 win Saturday at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez over Valencia in La Liga.
Soldado scored after 5 minutes, but Rios leveled the match in the 12th minute and Miku followed in the 24th. Valencia handed Getafe a third goal on the half hour as Bruno turned the ball into his own net.
Getafe won for the third time during a four-match undefeated streak to move 11 points clear of the relegation zone and to within just one point of a European spot.
Valencia lost its second straight game, and left the door open for Levante and Malaga to pull level on 47 points for third place Sunday.