Ronaldo nets 2 as Madrid destroys Valencia 5-0

JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press Published:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo netted two goals and set up another to power Real Madrid's blistering attack to a 5-0 demolition of Valencia in the Spanish league on Sunday, while Atletico Madrid chipped into Barcelona's lead by maintaining its perfect record at home.

Madrid decided the match by halftime with doubles by Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria after Gonzalo Higuain had opened the scoring.

Atletico, meanwhile, eased to a 2-0 win over Levante despite losing striker Radamel Falcao to injury for its 11th home win in 11 games this season, breathing an inkling of life into the title chase.

Atletico took advantage of Barcelona's first league defeat of the season the day before to reduce the gap to the pacesetters to eight points.