La Liga roundup: Ronaldo nets hat-trick, Atletico cruises past Malaga

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It was a dream start for Alaves, but after that Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show.

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Real Madrid earned a 4-1 victory over Alaves on Saturday behind Ronaldo’s hat-trick. The Portuguese fired twice in the opening half, before again finding the back of the net two minutes from time. Alvaro Morata also found the scoresheet for the Madridistas in the 84th minute, after brilliantly latching onto a long ball from Marcelo and lobbing his effort over goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.

There was no shortage of goals, or red cards for that matter, when Atletico Madrid captured a 4-2 win over Malaga. Braces from Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro helped Atleti earn the victory following dismissals from both sides. The hosts were the first to be disciplined in the 60th minute when Stefan Savic was sent packing, while Chory Castro earned his marching orders two minutes from time.

Rafinha’s second-half finish gave Barcelona a narrow 1-0 win over Granada at the Camp Nou, despite a wealth of opportunities from the home side. The Blaugrana move up to second place with the victory, solely trailing Real by a point.

Sevilla’s positive fortunes were halted on Saturday as the side drew Sporting Gijon, 1-1, at El Molinon. Despite Luciano Vietto’s strike just four minutes into the match, the hosts pulled back an equalizer prior to halftime through Moises Gomez to take a share of the points.