Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to power Real Madrid to a 5-1 home win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, as the defending champions strung back-to-back Spanish league victories together for the first time this season.

Madrid will head into next weekend's ''clasico'' match at Camp Nou eight points behind leader Barcelona, but at least Jose Mourinho's side is showing strong signs it has recovered its dominating form from the last campaign.

Deportivo opened through Ivan ''Riki'' Sanchez-Rico 16 minutes in, but Ronaldo equalized from the penalty spot in the 23rd and netted again just before halftime after Angel Di Maria had extended the lead.

Pepe added a headed goal in the 66th before Ronaldo capped the victory with a spot kick in the 83rd for his sixth goal in league play.