Ronaldo scored twice from the spot. Picture - Reuters.

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Real Madrid went six points clear at the top of the Spanish Primera Division with a 4-1 victory in the Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid.

Atletico are a quality outfit but not many expected them to dent their neighbors form. When Adrian Lopez scored the opener within 15 minutes however, a 12 year record seemed set to be broken.

Not too long thereafter, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saw red and with Atletico down to ten men, the face of the game changed completely. Cristiano Ronaldo fired home the equalizer from the spot, before turning provider for Angel Di Maria early in the second half.

Gonzalo Higuain then capitalized on some poor defending to score the third, before Ronaldo scored off the spot for a second time, after Diego Godin was given his marching orders.