Real stroll past Osasuna with seven
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Real Madrid ensured they would stay top of La Liga going into the international break as a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and a Karim Benzema double helped them record a thumping 7-1 win over Osasuna at the Bernabeu.

In the week he collected the 2010/11 European Golden Boot, Ronaldo racked up his 12th treble in a Real shirt with a pair of headers and a penalty, while second-half substitute Benzema scored goals six and seven after Pepe and Gonzalo Higuain restored Real's lead after Ibrahima Balde equalised.

It was a tenth straight win for Real in all competitions while for Osasuna it was another hefty defeat following an 8-0 loss to Barcelona at the Camp Nou earlier this season.

"We have deserved these ten victories. We have not got them through luck, we have had to suffer for them like in Anoeta [Real Sociedad's stadium], but we've played either good or very good in all of them," coach Jose Mourinho said.

The first opening fell to Sami Khedira in the tenth minute, who missed his kick when six yards out after Osasuna failed to deal with an Angel Di Maria corner. Osasuna full-back Damia did well to dispossess Higuain as the Argentinian bore down on goal and seconds later Di Maria mishit a volley after Ronaldo's cross to the far post picked him out.

We have deserved these ten victories... we've played either good or very good in all of them.
Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid coach

The Portuguese was becoming increasingly influential and after an angled shot aimed for the near post was deflected just wide, he made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute, rising high to direct home Di Maria's inswinging cross from the right.

Real could have had a second straight from the kick-off after possession was gifted back to them, but Di Maria dragged a left-foot effort wide. Iker Casillas sensed danger for the first time as a Javad Nekounam shot from 30 yards flashed past his right-hand post.

Pepe then pulled up injured in the centre circle, and the focus on his reintroduction to the action saw Real let their guard down. Alvaro Arbeloa fouled Francisco Nino on the edge of the box and while the off-the-ball arguments continued, a quick free-kick found Ibrahima in the box and he applied a smart finish through Casillas' legs.

Real quickly restored their lead, and it was Pepe who got it, nodding home from six yards after another teasing Di Maria cross from the right. Real's third came in the 40th minute as Di Maria slipped a delicious pass through to Higuain, who stepped past Manuel Lolo before bending a cracking right-foot shot past Andres Fernandez in the Osasuna goal.

Fernandez then had to be alert as Mesut Ozil tried to sneak a crafty shot beyond him at his near post, before the half-time whistle brought the visitors some respite.

Ronaldo completes treble
Di Maria, who had set up all three first-half goals, was forced off with what looked like a hamstring problem early in the second half, with Benzema coming on. Nino flashed a shot wide after racing to the near post to meet Ibrahima's cross, before Real extended their advantage from the penalty spot.

Ozil was tripped by Eneko Satrustegui, who was duly sent off on his La Liga debut, and Ronaldo rolled home the spot-kick in the 54th minute. His hat-trick arrived four minutes later as Arbeloa stood up a cross from the right and Ronaldo stretched to head past Fernandez.

Benzema added the sixth, applying the finish after good work on the left by Fabio Coentrao in the 63rd minute, before the Bernabeu crowd greeted Nuri Sahin's long-awaited debut as a substitute following his summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

France striker Benzema pulled a shot wide after getting away from Lolo, before Fernandez was out smartly to cut out Ronaldo's pass intended for the run of substitute Jose Maria Callejon.

Benzema added Real's seventh, smashing a first-time left-foot shot past Fernandez after Arbeloa rolled the ball through to him with just under ten minutes to go. Ronaldo hit the frame of the goal after breaking clear on the left as Osasuna avoided any further embarrassment.