BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals in a game for the first time, powering Real Madrid to a 9-1 romp over Granada on Sunday and keeping the pressure on Spanish league leader Barcelona.
Ronaldo followed Gareth Bale’s opening score with three goals during an eight-minute span to decide the match before halftime at Santiago Bernabeu.
“What more can be said?” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti asked.
The Portugal star added two more goals after the break to go with Karim Benzema’s pair in one of the club’s most lopsided wins. Madrid hadn’t scored nine goals in a league match in 47 years. Its biggest league victory remains an 11-2 thrashing of Elche in 1960.
“This is the biggest blow I have ever had, either as a player or a coach,” Granada manager Abel Resino said.
Ronaldo has 47 goals in 41 games in all competitions this season. His outburst moved him ahead of Lionel Messi in their duel for the league scoring lead. He has 36 goals to the Barcelona forward’s 32.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain won 3-2 at rival Marseille to move one point ahead of Lyon.
In England, veteran striker Jermain Defoe netted a stunning long-range volley to give Sunderland vital 1-0 win against Newcastle in the derby between northeast rivals. Italy’s Serie A played all its matches on Saturday because of Easter.
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Ronaldo’s five-goal performances took his career tally to 300 goals for Real Madrid and his season total to 47 in all competitions.
Barcelona had to work much harder at Celta Vigo, but Jeremy Mathieu scored in the 73rd minute — his second goal in as many games — to maintained the club’s four-point lead over Madrid.
After Gareth Bale opened the scoring, Ronaldo netted his first three goals in an eight-minute span before halftime.
The Ballon d’Or holder added two more goals after the break and Karim Benzema also netted two in one of the club’s most lopsided wins. Madrid hadn’t scored nine goals in a league match in 47 years.
“Cristiano is a phenomenon,” Benzema said. “He is always on the lookout for goals.”
Barcelona went ahead after veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez came on in the second half.
The veteran playmaker made the most of a free kick earned by Luis Suarez by picking out Mathieu at the far post. Mathieu scored a similar header for the opening goal in the previous match, a 2-1 win over Madrid.
Elsewhere, Valencia remained in fourth place and Villarreal in sixth after they finished 0-0 at Mestalla Stadium.
Getafe also beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 to edge away from the relegation zone.
Paris Saint-Germain moved back above Lyon to the top of the French league after twice coming back from a goal down at rival Marseille in a frenzied match.
Marseille’s top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac struck twice in the first half, either side of France midfielder Blaise Matuidi’s equalizer, to put Marseille in charge. But PSG took advantage of poor defending to score twice in quick succession at the start of the second half.
Brazilian defender Marquinhos equalized and Marseille defender Jeremy Morel scored an own goal.
Tensions mounted when some Marseille fans threw projectiles at the PSG bus as it pulled into the Stade Velodrome stadium, with one window slightly cracked.
PSG is one point above Lyon and five ahead of third-place Marseille with seven games remaining.
Elsewhere, winger Nicolas Maurice-Belay’s first goal since August was timely as it helped sixth-place Bordeaux beat Lens 2-1 and keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the Europa League.
Meanwhile, teenage midfielder Thomas Lemar scored his first career goal deep into injury time as Caen won 2-1 at Nantes.
On a weekend of spectacular strikes in the Premier League, Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe entered his own contender for goal of the season to settle one of England’s most passionate derby matches.
Defoe met a ball that dropped over his shoulder with a first-time, left-footed volley that dipped into the top corner from 22 meters.
Sunderland moved three points ahead of third-to-last Burnley, which occupies the final relegation spot after drawing 0-0 with Tottenham.
Striker Harry Kane captained Spurs for the first time, but was subdued as the team’s slim hopes of Champions League qualification took a hit.
Sixth-place Tottenham moved even on points with Liverpool and is provisionally seven points behind fourth-place Manchester City, whose game in hand is against Crystal Palace on Monday.
The Premier League had a number of wonder goals on Saturday, possibly the most eye-catching coming when Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam scored with a shot from about 65 meters away to Chelsea.
But for pure technique and importance, Defoe’s matched them all.
“Words can’t describe how I felt,” Defoe said. “But in a game like this, any goal is amazing.”
Augsburg and Schalke played to a 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga, with neither side taking a decisive step toward Europa League qualification.
Schalke’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar had the best chance in the 54th minute but shot straight at Marwin Hitz with only the goalkeeper to beat. The Netherlands striker hasn’t scored in 10 league games. Raul Bobadilla and Caiuby came closest for Augsburg.
With seven games remaining, Schalke is in fifth place, a point ahead of Augsburg in sixth, the last European qualification position. Hoffenheim is two points behind.
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