Zidane Salutes "Team Player" Ronaldo For Benzema Gesture

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Zidane Salutes "Team Player" Ronaldo For Benzema Gesture

However, the day could have ended with Ronaldo having another hat-trick to his name, but that didn't occur.

Besides Ronaldo's double, Madrid also got goals from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to beat Alaves 4-0 and remain a distant third, 14 points adrift of Barcelona.

Benzema had an effort disallowed for offside, Bale skimmed the crossbar with a 20-yard effort before Ronaldo made it 3-0 in the 61st minute.

Alexis was culpable in a nightmare start to the second half for Alaves, Benzema snapping the ball off his toes.

There is always pressure when you are Real Madrid's No. 9, he is used to that.

Benzema had snapped a run of almost three months without a league goal by scoring against Real Betis last weekend and although he squandered a couple of chances he was one of Real's best performers in what was a fifth consecutive win in all competitions for Zidane's side.

Gareth Bale has been going through a rough patch this season, especially in recent weeks as Zinedine Zidane has opted not to play the winger.

Messi took his league-leading tally to 22 goals, with Suarez next at 20.

Ronaldo netted his second of the game just past the hour with a low drive from close to the penalty spot after a low pass from Lucas Vazquez.

Benzema had only scored three league goals prior to the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu before five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo paved the way for the Frenchman to convert an 89th-minute penalty.

When asked if this meant that the trio of Ronaldo-Bale-Benzema was back to playing at its best, Zidane replied that it had never been missing.

The Frenchman took his chance to impress in Marco Asensio's absence, setting up Ronaldo with a superb flick and his overall link-up play was of the highest order.

"The most important thing is the atmosphere in the dressing room, we are very strong". "They have played a good match, as did Lucas (Vazquez)". The Portuguese forward's return to top form has been key to Madrid's climb up the table, with the opening goal his 13th in the league this season.

Relegation-threatened Las Palmas scraped a point from drawing with Leganes 0-0 to inch its way toward safety.

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez continued their strong scoring runs to give Celta Vigo a 2-0 victory at home over Eibar.

"We will go down to the second division playing like this", Jemez said.