Ronaldo strikes twice in Real victory

Ronaldo strikes twice in Real victory

Gareth Bale injured himself in the warmup and was forced to wait for his Bernabeu debut but Real Madrid did not miss him as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Getafe in La Liga on Sunday.

The world's most expensive player was set to start against Getafe, having featured in only two away games since joining for 100 million euros three weeks ago, but was forced to make way for another new recruit, Isco, just before kick-off.

Getafe's Angel Lafita made the most of another sluggish start from Real, though normal order was soon restored when Pepe equalised in the 19th minute and Ronaldo scored with a penalty in the 33rd as the chances came thick and fast.

Isco grabbed his fourth of the campaign after the break, and after Getafe were reduced to 10 men, Ronaldo grabbed his second at the end with a clever backheel.

"Bale has a small problem, nothing more. They will do tests tomorrow," Real director Emilio Butragueno told Spanish broadcaster Canal Plus.

"The team created a lot of chances and the result doesn't do us justice. Ronaldo's last goal was marvellous, but Isco's skill in the third was rather special."

Carlo Ancelotti's side moved up to third with 13 points from five games, two behind joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who both maintained perfect starts with wins on Saturday.

Promoted Villarreal remained unbeaten on their return to the top flight but slipped to fourth with 11 points, after being held to a 0-0 draw at Celta Vigo.

Brazilian striker Jonas scored twice to help Valencia to a 3-1 home win over bottom side Sevilla, easing the pressure on new coach Miroslav Djukic after four straight defeats in all competitions.

Jonas stroked in the opener late in the first half, and after Sevilla equalised just after the break, he struck a wonderful low shot from outside the area. Victor Ruiz looped in a header for the third in the 82nd minute.

The victory enabled Valencia climb to ninth with six points, one ahead of Real Betis in 12th, who drew 0-0 at home with Andalusian rivals Granada.

Getafe stunned the home crowd by scoring after only five minutes, as the visitors played on amid appeals for a possible foul on Ronaldo, and Lafita's long-range shot was deflected past a wrong-footed Diego Lopez.

It was only a brief respite for a side who had conceded four times on each of their last three visits, and Real were soon level as Pepe bundled in after Miguel Angel Moya could only parry Ronaldo's close-range shot following a freekick.

Getafe were trapped in their own half and fell behind when a Ronaldo freekick struck a Getafe player on the arm in the wall, and the Portuguese forward fired home from the penalty spot.

The game was put beyond doubt when Ronaldo took a quick free kick out on the left flank, setting Isco clear in the area and the Spanish international curled a shot inside the far post. Ronaldo added the icing on the cake with a fourth goal for Madrid in injury time to make it 208 from 205 games with Real.

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