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Neymar stretches PSG's lead as Real Madrid looms Neymar stretches PSG's lead as Real Madrid looms
Freda Brock | 11 February, 2018, 10:48

There was a lull before Real Sociedad substitute Jon Bautista got one back with a quarter hour remaining, Ronaldo completed his 43rd hat trick for the club after Sociedad goalkeeper Gero Rulli had spilled substitute Gareth Bale's 20 yarder.

This season however there is little contest between the two fierce rivals, with Barcelona having amassed a 19-point lead over their eternal opponents Real, who now sit fourth in the table.

Zidane's men have struggled and lost simple games, but more than that they don't look like the same team that went on to win a double last season.

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo has fallen below his usually prolific goalscoring standards this season, with Madrid's title defence in LaLiga coming in woefully below par at this stage - they lie fourth, 19 points shy of leaders Barcelona.

Toni Kroos added a third before Ronaldo headed in Luka Modric's corner.

But he had scored only four La Liga goals before the new year.

PSG, with Lassana Diarra playing in defensive midfield and trying to stake a Champions League claim, came up against stubborn Toulouse resistance and Lafont saved well from Kylian Mbappé, then miraculously from Neymar.

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The 25-year-old was a key member of the starting XI as Los Blancos stormed to a Champions League and La Liga double.

Guillem Balague has offered hope to Liverpool in their alleged pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder, Isco.

The 25-year-old is enjoying a solid campaign having scored 5 goals and provided a further 4 assists in 18 league games despite Madrid enduring a hard season that sees them trail Barcelona by 19 points. With Zidane giving Isco less substantial starts in the La Liga where Real Madrid's title defence has been shattered emphatically by Clasico rivals FC Barcelona, rumours of Spanish worldwide joining forces with the likes of Guardiola, Mourinho and Pochettino have been increased subsequently.

Neymar's 19th Ligue 1 goal since joining PSG from Barcelona was a sign of why the French club made him the world's most expensive player, and after being rested for a midweek Coupe de France win at Sochaux, he was twice denied a late second by the woodwork.

Madrid moved up third but trail leaders Barcelona by 16 points as they turn their attention to the defence of their Champions League title when Paris Saint-Germain arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday for the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

"It's huge for us, for the players for the supporters, we'll be up against a great team in a great stadium".

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