Football

Praise,

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's impact despite failing to score for the first time in La Liga this season.

Ronaldo set up Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale either side of half-time to take his tally of assists to 10 alongside 26 goals in just 20 appearances this season.

"I liked his performance a lot. He did fantastic work.

"It is strange because we are so used to him scoring, but he provided two assists and a great part of the merit for this victory is owed to him."

- Wire Services.