Real Madrid went back to La Liga action on Saturday with a trip to Las Palmas. It was a long 2 weeks for the international break but it was great to see the Los Blancos stars in action yet again.
Cristiano Ronaldo and club captain Sergio Ramos were both rested for this game and it turned out to be a good decision, as they were not needed in order to claim the three points. With the huge Champions League quarter final 1st leg against Juventus looming at kick off time, Ronaldo and Ramos were being wrapped in cotton wool.
It turned out that it was another superstar that stepped up to be the key man. Gareth Bale has had a bit of criticism this season due to his injury problems and lack of consistency, and he has been constantly linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Wales international opened the scoring in the match midway through the first half. It was a classic Bale run, powering himself into the penalty area and firing the ball home.
It was another player that has come in for recent criticism that doubled the lead. Lucas Vazquez was tripped up in the penalty area and Benzema stroked the penalty home.
There was yet another penalty after the half time break, as Bale himself was fouled by Ximo Navarro. He picked himself up to clip home the penalty himself and make it 3-0 to Real Madrid.
Bale almost completed his hat-trick on a number of occasions, as he looked to impress boss Zinedine Zidane. The Welshman was certainly the man of the match and he looked like he had a point to prove.
The next game in La Liga for Los Blancos is a huge derby match against Atletico Madrid on Sunday, ending a huge week for the club.