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La Liga:Castellanos hit four past Real Madrid

Girona vs Real Madrid.Photo/Supersport.

Girona striker Valentin Castellanos did put up a good performance as he scored four times against reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid.

Castellanos, who is on loan from New York City in the MLS, headed the opener and then ran onto a long ball before slotting past Real’s Andriy Lunin to make it 2-0.

Winger Vincius Jr gave Real hope with a header from Marco Asensio’s cross.

But 24-year-old Castellanos tucked in a cross from Yan Couto and headed a fourth before Lucas Vazquez’s consolation.

Real are now 11 points behind league leaders Barcelona, having played a game more. The Los Merengues will play Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final first leg in a fortnight.

Castellanos is the first player in more than 75 years to score four goals in a La Liga game against Real Madrid as he has now scored 11 goals this season.

In December of 1947, Esteban Echaverria netted five for Real Oviedo against Madrid.

Real were without first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who is suffering from gastroenteritis while striker Karim Benzema is out with a leg injury.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas