Six-goal Real pummel Zaragoza
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid started their La Liga campaign in convincing fashion with a thumping 6-0 victory over Real Zaragoza.

Ronaldo, who won the European Golden Shoe last season after netting 40 times in La Liga, netted in the 24th, 71st and 87th minutes to complete yet another treble for Real. Marcelo, Xabi Alonso and Kaka also got on the scoresheet.

Real, who were beaten 3-2 at home by Zaragoza in April as they ended up finishing second to arch rivals Barcelona, were in charge at kick-off, with both Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema denied by goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez before Ronaldo opened the scoring.

The chance was created by playmaker Ozil, whose superb through-ball into the area was perfect for Ronaldo to race on to and slot home a first-time shot past Ricardo.

Four minutes later Madrid were celebrating a second following a good move that resulted in Sergio Ramos dinking the ball back from the goalline, and Marcelo took one touch upon receiving to fire into the corner.

Before the break, Ronaldo had three efforts denied by Ricardo, while Zaragoza had a half-chance to pull a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Paulo Da Silva met a deep free-kick at the far post, but his header went wide.

The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first, with Real controlling the run of play.  However, Jose Mourinho's men spurned two great chances to increase their lead in the opening ten minutes of the period.

Angel Di Maria first poked his chance wide from eight yards out after Ricardo had spilled a Ronaldo shot, and Benzema was denied after he had intercepted an attempted pass by Da Silva across the face of his own box.

Ronaldo had another effort saved by Ricardo before Alonso made it 3-0 in the 64th minute, the Spainish international drilling a low shot into the corner of the net after the ball had fallen to him 25 yards out.

Ronaldo headed over before he doubled his tally on the night with a tap-in from close range following a clinical counter-attack. Real continued to create chances in the closing stages and they added a fifth through substitute Kaka, who turned inside the area before thumping an unstoppable finish past Ricardo.

That was in the 82nd minute and there was still time for Ronaldo to complete his hat-trick, the Portuguese international slotting into an empty net after Kaka's cross-shot had been half-stopped by Ricardo to seal an emphatic victory.