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Ronaldo nets 2 as 10-man Madrid beats Sociedad


Associated Press

Associated Press Sports

updated 11:58 a.m. ET Jan. 6, 2013

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in a three-minute span to give 10-man Real Madrid a 4-3 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday, after coach Jose Mourinho's decision to drop goalkeeper Iker Casillas almost backfired for a second straight game.

Despite heavy criticism after last round's loss, Mourinho again started Adan Garrido but his `keeper was sent off after giving away an early penalty.

Casillas couldn't stop Xabi Prieto's resulting spot kick to cancel out Karim Benzema's opener, and it was 2-2 at halftime after Prieto leveled again following Sami Khedira's goal.

Ronaldo scored on the break in the 68th before hitting the winner from a free kick in the 70th. But Prieto wasn't done and scored his hat trick in the 76th to keep the result in doubt.

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