La Liga: Ronaldo penalises Real Sociedad as Real Madrid top table

Dec 31, 2015, 08:33 IST | AFP

Real Madrid ace scored twice and missed a penalty as Real Madrid eased the pressure on under fire coach Rafael Benitez by moving to the top of La Liga with a 3-1 win over Real Sociedad

Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty as Real Madrid eased the pressure on under fire coach Rafael Benitez by moving to the top of La Liga with a 3-1 win over Real Sociedad.

Real's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the ball before taking a penalty against Real Sociedad. Pic/AFP
Real's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the ball before taking a penalty against Real Sociedad. Pic/AFP

Real now lead Barcelona and Atletico Madrid by a point, but both can move back ahead of their title rivals with victories over Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano respectively later on Wednesday.

Ronaldo recovered from a terrible start after blasting his first penalty of the day over the bar to put Madrid in front from another spot-kick just before half-time.

Bruma levelled for an injury-hit Sociedad minutes after the break, but Ronaldo delivered when his side needed a goal once more to restore the lead 23 minutes from time before Lucas Vasquez added a late third.

Rumours over Benitez's future refuse to go away after a disappointing first six months in charge at the Bernabeu with the former Liverpool boss even claiming there is a media conspiracy against him on Tuesday.

However, Madrid who scored 22 goals in their previous three games at home, were denied another flying start by a hat-trick of brilliant saves from 'keeper Geronimo Rulli — denying Pepe, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

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