x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to victory

Birthday boy hits a double as Real overcome Sociedad

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his birthday and brought an end to his recent mini-goal drought with a brace as Real Madrid comfortably saw off Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo, who turned 26 yesterday, had failed to score in his previous four appearances - his worst spell since joining the club - but he was among the goals again as Madrid moved back to within seven points of leaders Barcelona.

Kaka gave Jose Mourinho's side the ideal start when he opened the scoring early on, and then Ronaldo added two more goals before half-time, netting in the 21st and 42nd minutes.

Sociedad pulled a goal back midway through the second half when the ball rebounded in off Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa, but the hosts added a fourth late on through Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored his second goal in three appearances since joining the Spanish giants on loan.