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Real labour to Cup victory

14 December 2011, 09:08

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a late goal to help Real Madrid beat third tier Ponferradina 2-0 away in a King's Cup last-32, first-leg match on Tuesday, as the holders looked to recover from their demoralising 'Clasico' defeat by Barcelona at the weekend.

Jose Callejon gave an under-strength Real side the lead in the 30th minute and, after defender Raul Albiol was sent off in the 70th, Ronaldo responded to criticism of his performance against Barca by sprinting clear to notch the second goal.

The Portugal forward barely celebrated with a grim look on his face, and was substituted after a subdued showing minutes later, to a mixture of whistles and applause.

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