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Video: Higuain's hat trick

After Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick strike, French-born Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain scored three times as Real Madrid rebounded from its mid-week Champions League elimination with a 4-1 victory at lowly Valladolid to remain even with Barcelona (actually, Galacticos are ahead by two on goal difference) with 12 matches remaining in La Liga's two-club race:

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2010; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  Spain  
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But the first tie-breaker in La Liga Primera is not goal differential, it is head-to-head results, and Barcelona won the first matchup this season.

Posted by: teo_68 | March 15, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Nice to hear Polish commentators. But more than that, I like the final goal, in which Real takes a quick corner to a player standing in a better position, who then centers it from a good angle. DC United should give it a try from time to time as something a little less predictable.

Posted by: WorldCup | March 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

spain tried it every time in the confederations semifinals. Didn't work out so well, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good option.

Posted by: troy6 | March 15, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

If Higuain had converted his shots last week Real Madrid would still be in the Champions League.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 15, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Higuain is receiving no end of grief from the Madrid press. Football365 has a great article on the politics of Real Madrid football and why they are dumping crap on the head of their most productive goal-scorer:,17033,9405_6028427,00.html

Posted by: glfrazier | March 15, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Great article, frazier. I had forgotten Benzema was on the team, actually.

Posted by: Reignking | March 15, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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