Real Madrid completed their fifth consecutive win for the first time this season with a very comfortable 4-0 win over Alaves. Los Blancos have moved 2 points clear of third placed Valencia and now look like a good bet for a place in the Champions League again next year.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and also allowed Karim Benzema to take a late penalty to help regain the strikers confidence, showing that he really is a team player. Gareth Bale scored the other goal, with all three members of the old ‘BBC’ strike force on target.
Alaves weren’t without their threats in the first half though, as Keylor Navas had to make saves from Ruben Sobrino and Alfonso Pedraxza. Just before the half time whistle, some great play by Benzema set up Ronaldo with a back heel, with Cristiano firing past the goalkeeper.
It was then the perfect start to the second half too, as Benzema this time set up Gareth Bale to score just seconds after the break. This seemed to knock the confidence of Alaves who played poorly for the rest of the contest. Just after the hour mark, Real Madrid made it 3-0 as Lucas Vazquez’s cross was swept home by Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar then had the opportunity to score yet another hat-trick but instead he decided to give the chance to teammate Karim Benzema, who has been struggling for goals and was jeered by the home fans earlier in the game.
Bale was brought down in the box to give Los Blancos a penalty and Benzema struck the ball home from the spot. This was crucial for the Frenchman as he put an early miss behind him to go on and score.
Real Madrid face Espanyol away from home on Tuesday, looking to to continue their good form in La Liga.