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Real Madrid hit five to stay in title shake-up

Published on Oct 29, 2012 7:03 AM
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Mallorca during the Spanish league football match Mallorca vs Real Madrid on October 28, 2012 at the Iberostar stadium in Palma de Mallorca. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Real Madrid cruised to a 5-0 victory at Mallorca on Sunday to keep up the pressure at the top of La Liga.

Jose Callejon got the fifth as Real remained in fourth position, a point behind Malaga in third, and eight behind leaders Barcelona, who crushed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 on Saturday, and second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo has now scored in eight consecutive games for Madrid - 14 goals in total and 11 in the league.

Meanwhile, Radamel Falcao scored to make it 10 in the league for him, as Atletico Madrid beat Osasuna 3-1 to stay level on points with Barca. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho returned Higuain to the starting line-up after favouring Karim Benzema in Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund.

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