Video Highlights: Spanish La Liga Matchday 18

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid twice came from behind to win 4-2 against Villarreal on Sunday, keeping the team within two points of Spanish league leader Barcelona. Mourinho's men took the points - but the boss would have been very worried in the first half that they would be overrun, which would have seen his unbeaten home league record since 2002 vanquished.

On Saturday, defending champion Barcelona crushed Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 to move to 49 points from 18 games and maintained their lead at the top of the La Liga.

In other games on Saturday, Sevilla rallied to beat Real Sociedad 3-2 and Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 at Malaga.

Espanyol snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday after dumping Zaragoza into last place with a convincing 4-0 win. Espanyol rediscovered its winning form and closing on the Champions League qualification places in La Liga.

High-flying Valencia broke Levante hearts in the city derby with a late Juan Mata strike giving them a 1-0 win and all three points. Mata, who missed a first-half penalty, dispatched coolly into the bottom corner when put through on goal in the 83rd minute.

Meanwhile, Real Mallorca won 4-1 at home to Almeria, Osasuna drew 0-0 with Getafe and Sporting Gijon grabbed a last-gasp equaliser through Diego Castro to draw 1-1 at Racing Santander. That result dragged Sporting off the foot of the table and up to 18th on goal difference ahead of Almeria and bottom club Zaragoza, easing the pressure on under-fire coach Manuel Preciado.

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