Ronaldo praised as Real win 8-2 in La Liga

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti lauded Cristiano Ronaldo's killer instinct in front of goal after the Portuguese scored his 23rd hat-trick for Los Blancos in a 8-2 rout at Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday.

Ronaldo praised as Real win 8-2 in La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match against RC Deportivo de la Coruna. AFP Photo/Miguel Riopa

"We showed the quality we have. We have a phenomenon in Ronaldo and we have other players with great quality," said Ancelotti.

"They combined very well together and that was the best thing we can take from the game."

Ancelotti's men were under pressure to return to winningways in La Liga after two consecutive defeats to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid that had left them six points adrift of leaders Barcelona after just three games.

Real had responded with a 5-1 thrashing of Basel to open their Champions League campaign in midweek.

However, despite their free-scoring form, Ancelotti insisted finding the right balance between defence and attack remains his primary objective as they have now conceded seven times in their last three league outings.

"Right now we are not thinking about that. We are thinking about fixing the problems we have and we are doing that well.

"The season is very long and recovering points on the leaders just now isn't the problem."

"We have to improve. Today we showed the quality everyone knows we have which is the capability to score in many different ways.

"We need to continue improving the balance and our consistency. After two defeats we have scored 13 goals and that is a good sign that we have responded well."

After Ronaldo had opened the scoring, James Rodriguez doubled Real's advantage with a sumptuous left-footed strike before Ronaldo made it 3-0.

Gareth Bale added a second-half double and after Ronaldo had completed his hat-trick, on-loan Manchester United international Javier Hernandez grabbed
his first two goals for the club.

Hernandez has had to play a supporting role to Karim Benzema in his short spell in Madrid so far, but insists he will continue fighting for a place in
Ancelotti's starting line-up.

"I have never been happy to settle. I you give me a minute I will want two and then three," said the Mexican international.

"The time that I am on the field I am going to take advantage of and show that I want more.

"I have to work as hard as possible and with humility. I never set goalscoring targets because the goals are a product of the work of my teammates. The most important thing is that Real Madrid won."

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Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.