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Ronaldo hattrick fires Real to top

sports Updated: Nov 07, 2011 02:19 IST

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Real Madrid beat Osasuna 7-1 with a hattrick from Cristiano Ronaldo and goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Pepe and a brace from substitute Karim Benzema on Sunday.

The result puts Madrid four points ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga ahead of the Catalan club's match on Sunday evening against Athletic Bilbao.

Osasuna, who equalised the game at 1-1 with a goal by Ibrahima Balde, had Eneko Satrustegui sent-off with yellow cards in the 54th minute with the score already at 5-1.

Osasuna arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu with nine players out injured but unbeaten in three games and in high spirits after beating Levante 2-0 last weekend to knock them of the top of the league.

For Madrid it was their first ever home match at midday, a result of new kick-off times this season in the Spanish league dictated by TV. Ronaldo's hattrick puts him level with Lionel Messi on 13 league goals and just before kick-off he offered up the European Golden Boot he recently won to all Madrid fans in homage of his goalscoring exploits last season. The win was also Real's tenth straight victory.

Valencia win derby
On Saturday, Valencia beat city rivals Levante 2-0 away from home to go joint-second with Barcelona on 24 points. A Javi Venta own-goal and a Tino Costa free-kick were enough for Valencia to edge a typically bruising derby match.

The opening goal came on 35 minutes when Costa played in Jordi Alba with a majestic threaded pass, Levante full-back Venta was quick to react but unlucky when all he could do to avoid a clear scoring opportunity was steer the ball into his own net. Costa then doubled the away team's lead with a floating free-kick from distance on 50 minutes that deceived Gustavo Munua in the Levante goal.

In other games on Saturday, Real Betis held Malaga 0-0 in a well-played out Andalusian derby as Sevilla were also held to a goalless draw at Real Mallorca.

Wolves triumph
Wolverhampton:
Wolverhampton Wanderers eased its relegation fears and increased those of Wigan with a 3-1 win at the Premier League's last-place side on Sunday.

Jamie O'Hara's opener for Wolves was canceled out by Ben Watson before the interval only for Dave Edwards and Stephen Ward to score second-half goals and clinch a victory that lifted their side away from the relegation zone.

Wolves' first win in nine games moved them up from 17th place but condemned the Latics to an eighth successive loss. Wigan now has just five points from 11 matches.