La Liga, Week 32: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Thrash Atletico

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are both under pressure to get a big result on Wednesday night in their derby clash.

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Atletico Madrid Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 La Liga: Final Score, Los Blancos Win 4-1

In 32 La Liga games, Cristiano Ronaldo now has 40 goals. Three of those came on Wednesday night against Real Madrid's cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid in an absolutely spectacular performance. Until the closing minutes, Atleti were able to hang with their rivals in a very entertaining game, and the score isn't an accurate reflection of what happened during most of the game. Los Merengues were brilliant in the final half hour, however, and come away from the Vicente Calderon with a 4-1 win.

Ronaldo's opener came in the 25th minute on a free kick, and it was an absolute beauty. Thibaut Courtois had absolutely no chance to stop the 25-yard knuckleball of a shot, an absolutely brilliant goal even by Ronaldo's high standards. Incredibly, it would not be his best goal of the night.

Just 10 minutes after halftime, Falcao gave his team hope with a great headed goal -- his 21st goal of the season -- on a cross by Adrian. Madrid started to look like the better team after that goal, but they didn't retake the lead until the 68th minute, when Ronaldo hit a rocket of a shot over Courtois. His shot had considerably more power and came from open play, making it even more impressive than the first goal.

Real Madrid would seal the win with two late goals. Gonzalo Higuain drew a penalty, which was converted by Ronaldo for his hat trick, and Jose Maria Callejon followed that up with another goal four minutes later. Madrid are four points clear of rivals Barcelona and have one more league fixture before El Clasico.


Atletico Madrid Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 La Liga Week 32: Can Atleti Salvage Their Season?

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are both in danger of falling behind in their respective races and are in need of a good result on Wednesday.


Barcelona Vs. Getafe, 2012 La Liga: Final Score 4-0 As Messi, Barca Cruise

Barcelona cruised past Getafe to increase the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of the table. Despite the visitors playing reasonably well -- they put real pressure on Victor Valdés' goal in the first half -- Barcelona were irresistible. Alexis Sánchez opened the scoring 13 minutes in, sending a wonderful curling effort past Miguel Moya after receiving a chested pass from Lionel Messi.

Xavi thought he had made it two a few minutes later, only for Francisco Casquero to block his chip on (or perhaps behind) the line. From then on, Getafe got back into the game, pinning Barcelona back into their own half more or less until the break.

The "or less" part, however, featured Messi playing a one-two with Andrés Iniesta and blasting a shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. Things didn't get any better for Getafe after the break.

Sánchez got his second in the 73rd minute via his head and another goal soon followed when Pedro nodded in Messi's cross. After that, it became a matter of guessing how many Barca would end up scoring, but the hosts apparently weren't in the mood to embarrass Getafe, leaving it at four.

The win brings Barca to within a point of Madrid at the top of La Liga, although Jose Mourinho's men do have a game in hand. Comeback on?

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