Real Madrid defeats Malaga 7-0
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 12:25:06 GMT
Real Madrid has defeated Malaga 7-0 thanks to a hat-trick by Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo to close the gap on Barcelona to seven points.
French striker Karim Benzema scored twice and Argentine winger Angel di Maria and Brazilian full back Marcelo once for Real at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
Ronaldo took the center stage in the second half to disappoint Malaga, which stays second from bottom three points from safety.
The hat-trick by Ronaldo put him at the top of the goal scoring charts on 27 goals with Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
On Wednesday, Barcelona defeated Valencia by Messi's solo goal.
Real manager Jose Mourinho praised Benzema's recent improvement on the pitch.
"Karim Benzema is playing much better in recent weeks. He is a completely different player from the footballer he was when I arrived," Mourinho said.
Barcelona stands at the summit of La Liga with 71 points followed by Real Madrid which has secured 64.