Real Madrid won their first La Liga game in three attempts with a 8-2 victory over Deportivo at the Estadio Riazor.
Ronaldo gave his side the lead after a wonderful header from close to the penalty spot. James Rodriguez scored an even better goal on the half hour mark when he curled into the top corner. German Lux was fortunate to stay on minutes later when he dragged Karim Benzema to the ground, but the referee allowed play to continue and Ronaldo grabbed his second.
In the second half, a penalty for Haris Medunjanin – Depor’s best player of the match – briefly gave the home side hope until Bale’s deflected shot restored a three-goal lead. Ronaldo completed his hat-trick, Bale got another, and Hernandez scored with a brilliant volley and a deflected long-range effort.
Real moved onto sizxpoints in the league after early stumbles. After the demolition of Basel in midweek, it appears Carlo Ancelotti has moved some way to finding a new balance to a side still missing Xabi Alonso in midfield.