“The key was to increase our pressure so we could score more goals,” Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo made it 3-1 five minutes later when Aranzubia blocked Ramos’ strike, only for the ball to sail behind him and fall to Ronaldo, who easily headed it into the net.
Kaka, who is trying to work his way back into Mourinho’s good graces after failing to secure a transfer this summer, made a rare appearance at the start of the second half for Oezil. Alonso soon joined him, replacing Modric.
The former Liverpool player teed up Pepe’s goal with a curling free-kick that the defender was left unmarked to turn by the helpless Aranzubia.
Ronaldo got his treble with another spot-kick after Evaldo used his arm to block Kaka’s pass in the area.
“I knew this result was a possibility, but I would have liked my team to have shown more courage,” said coach Jose Oltra, whose promoted Deportivo recorded their second loss of the season.