Ronaldo helps Benzema rather than score a hat trick

Ronaldo helps Benzema rather than score a hat trick

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.

Real Madrid - Navas 6, Nacho 6, Varane 5, Carvajal 6, Theo 8, Kovacic 6, Casemiro 6, Bale 8, Lucas 9, Benzema 8, Ronaldo 9.

Ronaldo returned to side and lined up alongside Bale and Benzema in the attack. Cristiano is back scoring in every game, or practically every game and with his ratio restored and brimming with goals he even had the throughtfulness to let Benzema take the penalty which brought up the 4-0. With the injuries in the midfield, Zidane will likely lean on Casemiro and Isco to play a bigger role Saturday.

Reports in Spain claimed this week that Bale has "run out of credit" at the Bernabeu, but he nearly answered his doubters with an audacious overhead kick which went just wide. Benzema flicks a pass through to Ronaldo, with the Portuguese forward swivelling and smashing a finish into the back of the net.

Zidane's side made the breakthrough just a minute before half-time.

Benzema did indeed receive some warm cheers when he cut inside to fizz a shot over in first-half stoppage time, an attempt that came after Madrid failed to clear a corner and Navas patted away an Alexis strike at his near post.

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The Frenchman had Ronaldo and Bale charging forwards to his right and left.

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

"I think he stays at Real Madrid".

"I think he has been one of the players that has turned Real Madrid around over the last couple of weeks".

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice to lead Barcelona and Real Madrid to comfortable wins in the Spanish league on Saturday.

Over the last five seasons, Bale has scored 77 goals in 174 total appearances, cultivating a decorated trophy cabinet in the process - winning one La Liga title, three Champions League trophies as well as one Spanish Supercup.

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