Deportivo La Coruna 2-8 Real Madrid: Ronaldo Stars in Los Blancos Rebirth

Real Madrid returned from two successive La Liga losses to pounce Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 away from home.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored thrice as Real claimed their first-ever win by eight goals on the road in the La Liga.

Gareth Bale and Manchester United loannee Javier Hernandez both grabbed braces- the latter coming in the closing 13 minutes after coming on for the Welshman.

James Rodriguez scored his first La Liga goal for the ‘Los Merenguez’ in between Ronaldo’s first half brace.

Toni Kroos and Alex Bergantinos During Deportivo's 8-2 Humiliation at the Riazor. Image: AFP.
Toni Kroos and Alex Bergantinos During Deportivo’s 8-2 Humiliation at the Riazor. Image: AFP.

Haris Medunjanin converted from the penalty spot for ‘The Turks’ immediately after the break following a handball by Sergio Ramos. Toche grabbed a late consolation for coach Victor Fernandez side.

Defeat to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid had put Carlo Ancelotti’s side under some sort of pressure, but reigning world player of the year Ronaldo spearheaded an impressive win at the Riazor on the back of Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Basel in the Champions League.

The visitors maintained a 3-0 lead into the break courtesy of two Ronaldo’s strikes either side of Rodriguez’s superb goal.

Depportivo sniffed an opportunity to fight their way into the contest right after the break in the wake of Madunjanin’s penalty, but Bale restored the three-goal cushion six minutes after the hour mark.

The ex-Tottenham winger slotted his effort past German Lux in goal for Deportivo following a clever pass by Marcelo.

He then doubled his tally from the left side of the goal area after a good run from Isco.

Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with 12 minutes left to the dead, blasting the ball inside the back of the net after Colombian Rodriguez capitalised on a sloppy defending by Sidnei.

Toche nodded in at the near post to reward Deportivo with a late consolation but it was not deemed the last piece of the free-scoring duel.

Substitute Hernandez first powered home a ferocious half-volley from the edge of the area before his ambitious long-range effort was deflected beyond Lux.