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Ronaldo: Amongst the goals

Ronaldo: Amongst the goals

Real Madrid left nothing to chance when they came back from a 2-1 deficit in the first leg to thrash Celta Vigo 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the return leg of their Copa Del Rey round of 16 clash.

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Madrid have now progressed to the quarter-finals of the cup competition with a 5-2 aggregate win courtesy of Wednesday night's triumph.

It was a thoroughly professional performance as Cristiano Ronaldo propelled his side to victory with his third hat-trick of the season.

The Portuguese star also became Los Merengues' seventh highest goalscorer in the club's history.

Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos returned to Real's starting line-up to replace Antonio Adan and Raphael Varane.

Los Blancos raced out of the starting gates and within the first two minutes Ronaldo delivered a rocket of a shot from outside the box leaving Celta Vigo goalkeeper Sergio with no chance of stopping the aggregate equaliser.

With the majority of the possession and chances in the first half, Madrid doubled their advantage in the 24th minute, Ronaldo once again popping up to put a Luka Modric lob into the net with his first touch.

Sergio was called into action again as he kept both Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil off the scoresheet with two brilliant saves, a feat he repeated minutes later when he made a double save to keep Benzema from bagging one from close range.

Os Celestes started the second half emphatically when Park Chu Young almost pulled a goal back from an Enrique De Lucas cross.

Park tested Casillas again shortly after with a pile-driver from the edge of the area, but failed to convert.

With the visitors well and truly in the ascendancy, Madrid looked in real danger when Ramos received his marching orders with a second caution having kicked at Augusto Fernandez.

Casillas had to be on his best, as Fernandez and Michael Krohn-Dehli sought a way back into the game in the last 10 minutes of the tie.

But Ronaldo put an end to the match as a contest when he completed his menage a trois, clinically sticking the ball away from a counter-attack in the 88th minute, before Sami Khedira added a fourth in the dying embers after getting free in the box.

Real will now face Valencia in the last-eight stages, with the first leg scheduled on January 15 in the capital.

Posted: 10/01/13 10:12

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