SEVILLE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the la Liga match between Sevilla and Real Madrid at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on December 17, 2011 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

La Liga, Week 16: Real Madrid Thump Sevilla 6-2

Real Madrid have returned to the top of the La Liga table following victory in Sevilla. The match featured a Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick, five other goals and two red cards. Goodness.

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Valencia Vs. Malaga, 2011 La Liga, Week 16: Los Boquerones Look To Keep Champions League Hopes Alive

Valencia and Malaga do battle at the Mestalla with Champions League places at stake

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Sevilla Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 La Liga: Madrid Bounce Back From Clasico With 6-2 Win

Real Madrid bounced back from defeat against Barcelona with a thumping 6-2 win over a rather bemused Sevilla side who on a different day could have come away with a point. Madrid, who failed to gel in the first half despite scoring a flurry of goals, were saved twice by a some remarkably good goalkeeping from Iker Casillas after going 1-0 up through Cristiano Ronaldo, but recovered to spring two goals from nothing late in the first half, with Jose Callejon steering an Angel di Maria delivery past Javi Varas before Ronaldo made it three with a remarkable long-range effort.

Pepe was then sent off for not hitting Alvaro Negredo in the face (which was a little confusing), but that didn't prevent Madrid from extending their lead in the second half when Angel di Maria slotted home from close range. Sevilla replied with a tasty finish by Jesus Navos, but soon found themselves down to ten men as well after a challenge by Manu that probably wasn't worthy of a red card. Anyway, Real continued to pour forwards, with Karim Benzema earning a penalty that Ronaldo converted for his hattrick before Hamit Altintop, who is totally not retired, made it 6-1 thanks to Xabi Alonso's low cross. Negredo got a last-minute goal, but 6-2 doesn't really feel that much better than 6-1. Madrid are back.

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Sevilla Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 La Liga: Lineups

Real Madrid start out their road to recovery from their latest loss to Barcelona with a tough trip to Sevilla. After suffering a 3-1 reverse against their arch-rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid need a win here to reclaim their place at the top of the La Liga table. Fail to get the points (and despite a weird-looking lineup featuring Jose Callejon instead of Mesut Ozil and Kaka, there's no reason to think they will), and we could be looking at a long winter for Jose Mourinho's men.

Sevilla lineup (4-4-1-1): Javi Varas; Fernando Navarro, Emir Spahic, Federico Fazio, Martin Caceres; Manu, Ivan Rakitic, Gary Medel, Jesus Navas; Piotr Trochowski; Alvaro Negredo.

Substitutes from: Frederic Kanoute, Julien Escude, Emiliano Armenteros, Coke Andujar, Antonio Luna Rodriguez, Campana, Sergio Rico.

Real Madrid lineup (4-2-3-1): Iker Casillas; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, pepe, Alvaro Arbeloa; Lassana Diarra, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Callejon, Angel di Maria; Karim Benzema.

Substitutes from: Kaka, Raul Albiol, Gonzalo Higuain, Hamit ALtintop, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Antionio Adan.

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Sevilla Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 La Liga, Week 16: Los Merengues Seek Clasico Redemption

Real Madrid will look to rebound from their loss to Barcelona on the road against fifth-place Sevilla.

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