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Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in convincing win

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Edward Snyder | 26 February, 2018, 09:36

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were on the scoresheet as a Real Madrid side shorn of several stars continued their impressive form with a 4-0 victory over Alaves.

Alaves went close to breaking the deadlock on 31 minutes when Alfonso Pedrazaplayed a neat one-two with Manu Garcia before firing just over the bar from 18-yards out.

The much-maligned Frenchman also had a hand in Madrid's second goal, teeing to Gareth Bale after Alaves lost the ball nearly directly from the kick off.

"Cristiano's gesture speaks volumes for the type of team this is and how he is as a person", Navas said post-match, according to Goal.

Ronaldo could have completed his hat-trick after Bale won a last-minute penalty, but the Madrid captain instead allowed Benzema - who like Bale has had to deal with growing criticism - to take the kick and he fired into the corner of the net.




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. It is something positive for me.

Do you think Gareth Bale can retain his place in the Real Madrid setup? He deserved a goal because he had a very good game.

"I'm proud of everything we're doing at the moment, we are showing character and personality, and scoring 26 goals in the last six games is lovely", Zidane told a news conference on Friday.

Bale failed to punish a poor clearance from Navas' opposite number Fernando Pacheco at the other end, but Madrid led in the 44th minute.

Madrid picked up where they left off at the start of the second half as Bale made it 2-0 seconds after the interval. Benzema had snapped a run of almost three months without a league goal by scoring against Real Betis last weekend and was one of Real's best performers in their fifth consecutive win in all competitions. "Playing with a 4-4-2 with Bale on the left worked well because Alexis (Ruano) couldn't join in attack. And that comes with recovering confidence, which is fundamental for a player". "Now what we must do is keep going like this in the next game on Tuesday [at Espanyol]".

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