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Getafe buried by Ronaldo show

sports Updated: May 12, 2011 01:56 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 home win over Getafe on Tuesday, denying leaders Barcelona the chance to win the La Liga title without kicking a ball.

Real cut the lead on their arch-rivals back to five points with two games left to play, which means Pep Guardiola’s Barca side can wrap up their third consecutive league crown with a draw in their game in hand at Levante on Wednesday.

Champions League finalists Barca have 91 points to Real’s 86 and hold the head-to-head advantage over Jose Mourinho’s team should the two Spanish giants finish level on points next week.

Getafe slipped closer to the relegation zone with 40 points, just one point ahead of 18th-placed Real Zaragoza, who visit fellow strugglers Real Sociedad (41) on Wednesday.

Ronaldo closed to within two goals of Real Madrid’s club record of 38 for a season, held by Hugo Sanchez, with his seventh goal in four days having bagged four in Saturday’s 6-2 demolition of Sevilla.