Real Madrid are back to winning ways in La Liga after recording an emphatic 8-2 win over Deportivo on Saturday.
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, braces from Gareth Bale and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and a stunning James Rodriguez effort all added to a spectacle in which Deportivo duly played their part in scoring twice.
The magical quartet of Bale, Karim Benzema, Ronaldo and Rodriguez - who all found the back of the net against Basel in midweek - starred in a wonderful attacking performance by Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Such a scoreline seemed an impossibility from the start, as early opportunities were few and far between for both sides in the opening exchanges. Former Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca worked some space for himself on the left-hand side, but scuffed his effort wide of Iker Casillas’ goal.
Bale whipped in an inviting cross for Cristiano Ronaldo, who duly rose to meet it, but could only find the palms of La Coruna keeper German Lux.
Just before the half-hour mark, Real gor the breakthrough. Arguably a more difficult header than the last, Alvaro Arbeloa’s floated cross found the Portuguese, who did exceptionally well to generate the power and accuracy necessary to beat the seemingly impenetrable Lux.
James is starting pay back a chuck of his large transfer fee and disprove naysayers at the same time with his recent performances. After finding the back of the net against Basel in midweek, the Colombian scored emphatically to put his side two goals ahead.
He picked the ball up on the left-hand side of the penalty area from Benzema, and almost nonchalantly arced the ball into the opposite corner of Deportivo’s goal, with Lux completely beaten.
The Deportivo side seemed rattled, but none moreso than Lux, who gifted Real Madrid their third and Ronaldo his second minutes before half-time.
In a moment of madness, the 'keeper attempted to dispossess Benzema 35 yards up the pitch, despite the presence of two Depor defenders. Benzema poked the ball past the keeper, who had little choice but to bring down the Frenchman, but Ronaldo was on hand to fire the loose ball into the empty net from range.
The home side were given a route back into the match just five minutes after the restart. A clumsy handball by Sergio Ramos handed Medunjanin a chance to score from the spot, and the midfielder made no mistake, sending Iker Casillas the wrong way with a strike into the bottom left-hand corner.
The scales had definitely tipped, with Deportivo mentally believing they were still in the game and nightmares of Sociedad haunting Madrid. The home side were certainly the better team in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
Ancelotti, however, had learned his lesson and responded immediately. Eager to solidify his defence, he replaced Benzema with Asier Illarramendi – a clear sign of the Italian’s intent.
The move freed up those in front of him to push forward. This included Bale, who managed to get on the scoresheet himself with just over an hour on the clock. Marcelo broke from full-back and, after a nice piece of skill, fed Bale, who fired low across the keeper and off the post.
Not content with just one, the Welshman doubled his tally minutes later. A carbon copy of the first in term of the pass but this time the winger opted to dink the ball Lux instead, with the result very much the same.
Not to be outdone, Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with an emphatic finish. James robbed centre-back Sidnei of possession and fed the Portuguese who again applied a powerful, clinical finish.
Deportivo substitute Toché bagged what proved to be a mere consolation for his side seven minutes from time, with the substitute heading in Cuenca’s deep cross.
In a match littered with quality goals, substitute Javier Hernandez too had his say. The Mexican took one touch to control Isco’s sublime through ball, before smashing a left-foot shot into the top corner - the seventh left-foot goal of the match.
Just moments from the final whistle, Chicharito bagged his second. It was just as ambitious as the first with a strike from distance, but the Mexican had Sidnei to thank as his efforts to block the shot sent he ball looping over his own keeper.
Goals: Toché (DEP), Medunjanin (DEP); Ronaldo x3 (RMA), Bale x2 (RMA), Chicharito x2, (RMA), Rodriguez (RMA)
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modric (Isco), Kroos; Bale (Chicharito), Rodriguez, Ronaldo; Benzema (Illarramendi).
Deportivo (4-2-3-1): Lux; Laure, Diakite, Sidnei, Luisinho; Bergantinos, Medunjanin; Juanfran (Dominguez), Farina (Toché), Cuenca; Postiga (Cavaleiro).