Real Madrid defeats Celta Vigo 4-0 in Copa del Rey octofinals

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Madrid, Spain — On Wednesday night, Spanish La Liga football team Real Madrid defeated Celta Vigo 4–0 in Copa del Rey octofinals in a return match played at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid.

Real Madrid lost the first leg of the round at an away match against Celta Vigo 1–2 and needed to win this game by a score of 1–0 to advance. Their 4–0 victory gave them an aggregate score of 5–2 which allowed them to advance in Copa del Rey. They were led in scoring by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who scored a hat trick, with goals in the second, twenty-fourth, and eighty-seventh minutes. Ronaldo had been a heavy favourite to win FIFA's Ballon d'Or earlier in the week but was beaten by fellow La Liga rival Lionel Messi, who Real Madrid fans booed during the game. Ronaldo would have scored a fourth goal but the one he scored in the thirty-seventh minute was made while he was in a position controversially ruled offside. Sami Khedira scored Real Madrid's fourth and final goal in the eighty-ninth minute.

Real Madrid spent part of the game down a player after Sergio Ramos received his second yellow card in the seventy-third minute and was sent off the pitch.

In other octofinal matches played on Wednesday, Sevilla lost to Mallorca 1–2 but defeated them 6–2 on aggregate to advance while Zaragoza defeated Levante 2–0 to advance with a 3–0 aggregate score.


Real Madrid supporters, Ultras Sur, before the start of the match
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Players line up for a Real Madrid corner kick in the first half
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Celta Vigo player kicks the ball
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Celta Vigo goalkeeper kicks a goal kick
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The ball goes into the goal for Ronaldo's second goal of the night
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Ronaldo lines up for a free kick
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A Real Madrid player checks the ball placement for a free kick
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Ronaldo lines up for a free kick
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Ronaldo takes the free kick
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Celta Vigo goalkeeper gets ready for Ronaldo's free kick
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Celta Vigo goalkeeper challenges a Real Madrid player for the ball
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Ronaldo in a clearly in an offsides position prior to scoring a goal that was taken back
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Players prepare for a corner kick in front of the Celta Vigo goal
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A Real Madrid player with the ball
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Ronaldo with the ball
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Ronaldo with the ball
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Ronaldo prepares to shoot the ball
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A Celta Vigo tries to prevent the ball from going in
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Real Madrid controlling the ball
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A Real Madrid player shoots the ball
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The ball comes off a corner kick
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A Real Madrid player takes the ball down the field
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