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La Liga Round Up: Real Madrid Still The Pace-Setters

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VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN - OCTOBER 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates his teammates after scoring during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid at Mendizorroza stadium on on October 29, 2016 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Real Madrid retained their place at the top of the La Liga table after beating Alaves by four goals to one in the Mendizorrotza Stadium.

The minnows took a shock early lead through Brum Silva Acosta but Los Blancos replied in fashion through a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and a late Alvaro Morata goal to put the cherry on the cake.

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The hosts were unbeaten on home turf in La Liga before this match, but once again Ronaldo’s impact on the game was decisive.

The 31-year-old confidently sent Pacheco the wrong away from the penalty spot to equalise after Brazilian forward Deyverson was deemed to have handled, then his long-range effort sailed into the top corner.

Pacheco dived low to his low to save Ronaldo’s second penalty, but Real’s record goalscorer completed his hat-trick after exchanging passes with Marcelo inside the area.

Reigning champions Barcelona jumped into second place as Rafinha scored the only goal, acrobatically hooking in from close range after Neymar‘s effort hit a post.

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Neymar and Luis Suarez were both denied as Barça dominated against the league’s bottom side, who have never taken a point at the Nou Camp.

Barça remain two points behind rivals Real Madrid.

Atletico Madrid bounced back from their defeat at Sevilla last week by defeating a plucky Malaga by four goals to two.

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Yannick Carrasco‘s fine individual effort put the hosts ahead and Kevin Gameiro added a second with a crisp low strike.

Sandro Ramirez pulled one back for Malaga courtesy of a superb free-kick before Gameiro struck again.

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Although Stefan Savic was sent off and Ignacio Camacho reduced the deficit, the brilliant Carrasco sealed victory late on to keep up his impressive form.

Malaga had Gonzalo Castro sent off in the 89th minute for a second yellow card and Diego Simeone‘s Atletico are in third place – three points behind city rivals Real Madrid

Sevilla’s struggles away from home in La Liga cost Jorge Sampaoli’s men top spot as lowly Sporting Gijon held the Europa League holders to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Sevilla snapped a 22-game winless streak on the road in their last away league game at Leganes and got off to the perfect start in Asturias when Luciano Vietto raced onto Wissam Ben Yedder’s flick-on to dink home his fourth goal of the season.

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Sporting are now without a win in seven matches, but responded just 16 minutes later when Moi Gomez volleyed home Roberto Canella’s cross.

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