Ronaldo grabs two as Real Madrid put five past Sevilla
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Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his team-mate Marco Asensio after scoring against Sevilla during their Spanish Primera Division league game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA
Real Madrid 5 Sevilla 0
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his fifth Ballon d’Or award with a brace as Real Madrid swept past Sevilla 5-0 following a blistering first-half display at the Bernabeu.
The Portugal forward collected the prestigious accolade in Paris on Thursday, having moved level with Lionel Messi in claiming France Football’s respected award a record five times.
Real simply had too much firepower for a Sevilla side who had started Saturday behind their hosts only on goal difference.
Nacho fired the home side ahead after just three minutes, with Ronaldo slotting home a second before adding another from the penalty spot in the 30th minute.
The hosts, who are heading out to the United Arab Emirates to play in the Fifa Club World Cup next week where Gareth Bale is expected to return from a calf injury, went ahead after just three minutes.
Kroos floated a corner over from the right, which defender Simon Kjaer and also striker Luis Muriel tried to clear, but only managed to divert it back into the six-yard box where Nacho lashed it home to give Real the perfect start.
Any hope Sevilla – who had won their last three La Liga games – held of mounting a recovery evaporated as Los Blancos were 3-0 up by the half-hour mark.
Real soon added another from the penalty spot after a handball by Jesus Navas, Ronaldo’s effort creeping in off the body of the Sevilla goalkeeper, who had guessed the right way.
Ronaldo played his part in Real’s fourth, winning the ball in the centre circle before sending Kroos to sprint forwards and knock the ball out wide to Lucas Vazquez on the right.
The German continued his run into the penalty area to meet Vazquez’s cross with a superb first-time sidefoot finish in the 38th minute.
It was 5-0 three minutes before half-time when right back Hakimi netted his first senior Real Madrid goal after being played in on the overlap by a clever lay-off from Karim Benzema.
With the match all but over as a contest, it was no surprise the tempo dropped for what was a low-key second half.
Benzema went close to a sixth when, in the 67th minute, his header came back off the post.