Goal of the day: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) vs Atlético Madrid | inside World Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick that included a spectacular free-kick as Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid 4-1 at the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo shoots a free-kick and scores for Real Madrid against Atlético Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo shoots a free-kick and scores for Real Madrid against Atlético Madrid

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Atlético made a bright start to the match, and put their rivals under heavy pressure through high tempo pressing of the ball, which left the Madrid players slightly shaken.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead midway through the first-half.

Karim Benzema went down after a foul by Luis Perea around 30 yards from goal, and Ronaldo stepped up to dip an unstoppable strike that completely outfoxed Thibaut Courtois as it bent wickedly into his bottom-left corner.

Things livened up after the break when Radamel Falcao equalised for Atlético, but José Mourinho's men responded positively with Ronaldo wrapping up his treble before José Callejón adding the fourth a couple of minutes from time to seal a comfortable win for the league leaders.



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