Result: Sevilla 2-6 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Real Madrid move back to the top of the La Liga table with a 6-2 win at Sevilla.

A Cristiano Ronald hat-trick has helped Real Madrid return to the top of the La Liga table with a 6-2 win at Sevilla.

The visitors went ahead in the ninth minute thanks to Ronaldo's side-footed finish following Angel Di Maria's through ball.

Madrid's lead was doubled with 10 minutes to go in the first half when Jose Maria Callejon deftly flicked Di Maria's searching pass into the net.

Ronaldo had his second of the match four minutes later with a powerful finish from 25 yards.

Despite their three first-half goals, Real's half ended badly when Pepe was sent off after he had picked up his second yellow card for catching Alvaro Negredo in the face with a flailing hand.

The match was put out of Sevilla's reach on 65 minutes as Di Maria cooly slotted in with just the keeper to beat.

For their effort, the hosts grabbed a consolation three minutes later when Jesus Navas smashed the ball across Iker Casilla in the Madrid goal.

However, Sevilla were also reduced to 10 men soon after when Manu Del Moral was dismissed for an innocuous-looking trip on Alvaro Arbeloa.

Ronaldo secured his fifth hat-trick of the season in the final five minutes after he swept in from the penalty spot following Federico Fazio's foul on Karim Benzema.

The rout was complete with a minute to play as Hamit Altintop scored his first goal for the club when he tapped in Xabi Alonso's cross.

Sevilla had the final word when Negredo slotted in from a tight angle against his former club in injury time.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid17124146163040
2Sevilla18123338221639
3Barcelona18115247173038
4Atletico MadridAtletico18104432141834
5Real Sociedad1810263025532
6Villarreal1887326121431
7Athletic Bilbao188462219328
8Celta Vigo188372932-327
9EibarEibar187562524126
10Las PalmasLas Palmas186662729-224
11Espanyol185852225-323
12AlavesAlaves185761518-322
13Malaga185672631-521
14Real Betis186392030-1021
15Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo184682328-518
16Leganes184591329-1617
17Valencia174492633-716
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon1833121937-1812
19Granada1817101539-2410
20Osasuna1816111738-219
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