Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves: 5 Talking Points

  • Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves: 5 Talking Points

Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves: 5 Talking Points

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's "lovely gesture", after he turned down the chance to complete his hat-trick, by giving a penalty to Karim Benzema.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo came in for Marco Asensio and Isco.

Benzema set up Ronaldo's opening goal against Alaves with a stylish backheel and the first thing Real's all-time top scorer did after finding the net was to point towards Benzema, appearing to ask the supporters to show him more respect. They did, but it was the established guard of Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale who did the damage.

Ronaldo got in his second goal in the 61st when he used one touch of his right boot to fire Lucas Vazquez's pass under Pacheco.

Having heard his team-mate jeered earlier in the contest, the Portugal worldwide then selflessly let Benzema convert an 89th-minute penalty after Victor Laguardia brought down a marauding Bale.

"Bale has done very well, he has played 90 minutes in a position that he hasn't been in lately".

Besides scoring and generating a penalty, the Wales global went close to a second goal in the 54th when he curled a long strike that grazed the top of the bar. "I am happy for all of it - another four goals, a clean sheet, all that we did", Zidane said after the game. "Playing with a 4-4-2 with Bale on the left worked well because Alexis (Ruano) couldn't join in attack".

Alaves briefly threatened to pull a goal back through Ruben Sobrino but Navas saved that and Madrid then moved up through the gears. "Bale, Cristiano, Karim, Lucas, everyone played well as a group".

With the brace, Ronaldo took his career tally in La Liga to 299 goals, though Madrid claim he's already reached his landmark 300.

Madrid, in third place, trails leader Barcelona by 14 points.

Ruano had Alaves' best opportunity in the final seconds of the first half after Ronaldo scored, only for goalie Keylor Navas to block his effort.

The hosts dominated possession in the first half but, perhaps missing the influence of key quintet Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, found it hard to create chances.