Photo: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick powered Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory in Madrid Wednesday over Celta to set up a clash with Valencia in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.
Celta won the first leg in Vigo by a score of 2-1, but the visitors saw their advantage quickly erased thanks to goals by Ronaldo in the 3rd and 25th minutes, much to the delight of the more than 60,000 fans in the Bernabeu.
Even so, it was not all smooth sailing for Real Madrid, who had to play down a man after Sergio Ramos was expelled in the 73rd minute on a double-yellow card.
In other Copa play on Wednesday, Sevilla fell 2-1 at home to Mallorca, but advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2 advantage on aggregate.
Sevilla will next face Real Zaragoza, who beat Levante 2-0 Wednesday after winning 1-0 in the first leg.