Posted: Sunday January 27, 2013 8:01 AM

Ronaldo scores 3 as Madrid beats Getafe 4-0

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat trick as Real Madrid warmed up for its Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona by rolling to a 4-0 home victory over Getafe in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Sergio Ramos scored in the 53rd minute after Ricardo Carvalho forced goalkeeper Miguel Moya to fumble the ball by hitting his arms in an apparent foul that went unpunished.

Ronaldo then scored three times in an 11-minute span to give him 21 goals in league play this season, second only to Barcelona's Lionel Messi on 29.

Madrid's win kept it in third place and provisionally reduced the gap with Barcelona to 12 points before the league leaders host Osasuna later Sunday.

Madrid hosts Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday.

 
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