Ronaldo 24, 71, 87, Marcelo 28, Alonso 64, Kaka 82
Real Madrid ran out 6-0 winners against Real Zaragoza in their opening game of the 2011-12 La Liga season.
Madrid dominated the game but Zaragoza’s resilient defence held out and kept them at bay for the most part of the first half. With every intricate pass and intelligent run the visitors made there was a Zaragoza defender present to keep the Madrid forwards away from goalkeeper Roberto.
However, it was a momentary lapse of concentration that allowed Jose Mourinho’s side to open the scoring as Cristiano Ronaldo slipped in behind Efrain Juarez to meet Mesut Ozil’s perfectly-timed pass and slot it passed the goalkeeper.
The Portuguese forward found himself in acres of space behind the Blanquillos defence on two more occasions which allowed him to net his hat-trick – Angel Di Maria cut back from the left-wing for the 26-year-old to beat the Zaragoza shot-stopper with ease for his second and Roberto could only palm a Ricky Kaka shot into the path of the former Manchester United star who helped it into the empty net to win him the match ball.
Marcelo got on the end of a Sergio Ramos cross and was afforded enough time to bring the ball under control and slam it into the goal to put Madrid 2-0 up at the break.
Zaragoza ran out of steam as the game went on and could do nothing but stand back and watch as Xabi Alonso blasted from 30-yards into the bottom corner to kill the game off with 25 minutes remaining and Kaka latched onto a superb through-ball from Marcelo to cut in from the left side and smash it into the top corner.
Zaragoza (5-3-2):Roberto; Juarez, Da Silva, Meira, Paredes, Abraham; Ponzio, Barrera, Zuculini; Lafite, Uche
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Alonso, Coentrao; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema
Did you know…Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in his last five La Liga appearances.