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4 goals for Ronaldo as Real Madrid routs Elche 5-1 in Spanish league

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MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo made amends for conceding a penalty by scoring four times as he led Real Madrid to a 5-1 rout of Elche in the Spanish league on Tuesday.

Ronaldo fouled Pedro Mosquera while disputing a ball in the box in the 15th minute, allowing Edu Albacar to stroke the penalty beyond goalkeeper Keylor Navas — who was making his debut for Madrid.

PHOTO: Real's Cristiano Ronaldo, second left, celebrates his goal with Real's Gareth Bale, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Real's Cristiano Ronaldo, second left, celebrates his goal with Real's Gareth Bale, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

But Gareth Bale leveled four minutes later, and Marcelo's questionable penalty when he appeared to dive sent Ronaldo to the penalty spot.

The Portugal forward drilled home the spot kick in the 28th, added a header four minutes later and converted another penalty in the 80th before striking again in stoppage time.

Madrid has outscored its opponents 18-4 in its last three games in all competitions.

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