Ronaldo hat-trick as Madrid warm up for PSG with big win


It was the full first half in this way, intense, determined, motivated.

A second-half goal from Neymar saw PSG to a 1-0 victory at the Stadium Municipal, extending their winning streak to six games in all competitions. In the biggest games, the best players turn up.

"He always has that mindset".

Real host Ligue 1 leaders PSG in the first leg of their second-round European tie on Wednesday before travelling to the French capital for the return game just under three weeks later.

"We are all ready for Wednesday and that is the most important thing". Real Madrid are believed to be in pole position to sign Neymar - as they are believed to be planning a squad overhaul at the end of the season after a disastrous 2017/18 league campaign thus far.

Without their leading scorer Willian Jose due to injury, and with a awful past record at the Bernabeu, the visitors quickly crumbled.

Real were well in control following goals from Vazquez and Ronaldo when Kroos added an exquisite third 11 minutes before the break.

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They could not keep up the same intensity after the restart, however.

Jon Bautista and Asier Illaramendi netted consolation goals for Real Sociedad.

While Neymar is tearing up Ligue Un easily, rumours persist that the former-Santos man will abandon his new life in France and return to La Liga at the end of the season.

Former Madrid midfielder Illarramendi got his name on the scoresheet but accepted Sociedad faced a tough task after Vazquez opened the scoring 49 seconds into the match.

It was Atletico's eighth victory by a 1-0 margin in La Liga this season and put some pressure back on Barcelona, although they can again move nine points clear at the top by beating Getafe at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

"We nearly always try to play from behind, but today we have been a disaster".

Villarreal lost more ground in their quest for a top-four finish as they lost 2-1 at home to improving Alaves.