Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run

Real Madrid's Casemiro, right, vies for the ball with Deportivo Coruna's Aldo during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID (AP) Real Madrid made its fans happy again with its biggest league win of the season, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being covered in blood.

Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 in the Spanish league on Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at home and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.

Ronaldo had to leave with about five minutes remaining after being hit by the foot of a defender while scoring the team’s sixth goal with a header. He was attended on the field for a while and could not continue as blood spilled over his face.

While walking off the field, with his face still stained by the blood, Ronaldo asked for the doctor’s cell phone to take a look at the injury.

Madrid had already made three substitutions, but the much-needed victory was already secured by then.

The fans who had loudly jeered the team in recent matches were cheering on their feet after the final whistle at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The easy win followed a series of poor results that all but ended Madrid’s title chances.

Gareth Bale and Nacho Fernandez also scored twice, and Luka Modric added another goal for Madrid as it regained fourth place in the standings, cutting its deficit to Barcelona to a still massive 16 points. With a game in hand, Madrid is five points behind third-place Valencia, and one point in front of fifth-place Villarreal.

Deportivo, in the relegation zone and winless in five games, gave Bernabeu fans an early scare when Adrian Lopez opened the scoring midway through the first half.

Nacho and Bale helped Madrid rally before halftime, and each scored again in the second half along with Modric. Ronaldo, who hadn’t found the net in three games, had scored with a shot from close range just a few minutes before getting injured.

Madrid was coming off a 1-0 loss to Villarreal, a 2-2 draw against second-division club Numancia in the Copa del Rey and a demoralizing 3-0 defeat to rival Barcelona.

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