Gareth Bale scored with a spectacular 30-yard strike as Real Madrid defeated Elche to move three points clear at the top of La Liga.

The £85m summer signing grabbed his 12th goal in 24 games in the 71st minute after Asier Illarramendi had given Los Blancos the lead with a deflected shot in the first half.

Midfielder Isco slotted in the third goal nine minutes from time.

Barcelona suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad later on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid, who began the day in third but level on points with both Barca and Real, visit Osasuna on Sunday.

Real, who were without leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo as he served the final game of his three-match suspension, looked lacklustre in attack for much of the first half.

Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (left)  scores past Elche's goalkeeper Manu Herrera

The only clear chance in the first 30 minutes fell to France striker Karim Benzema, who forced goalkeeper Manuel Herrera into a good save.

They finally made the breakthrough 11 minutes before the break when Illarramendi's shot came off Elche's Manu del Moral en route to beating Herrera.

It was the defensive midfielder's first league goal for Real since his summer move from Sociedad, and his first in 72 games.

Welshman Bale doubled the lead after the break when he crashed home a drive off the crossbar.

Spain international Isco made sure of the points late on as Carlo Ancelotti's side notched their 15th win in their past 16 games in all competitions

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 14 Alonso (Casemiro - 83' )
  • 03 Pepe Booked
  • 02 Varane
  • 24 Illarramendi
  • 22 Di María
  • 09 Benzema (Morata - 82' )
  • 11 Bale
  • 20 Jesé (Isco - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 04 Ramos
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 16 Casemiro
  • 18 Nacho
  • 21 Morata
  • 23 Isco

Elche

  • 01 Herrera Yagüe
  • 23 Cisma
  • 21 Albácar Gallego
  • 06 Pérez Minguez
  • 03 Botía Booked
  • 04 Rodríguez Lombán
  • 05 Rivera Booked (Ñíguez Esclapez - 73' )
  • 17 Márquez Booked
  • 11 Corominas
  • 15 Gil de Pareja Vicent (Herrera - 79' )
  • 14 Del Moral Fernández (Chaves de la Torre - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Ñíguez Esclapez
  • 08 Mantecón
  • 09 Boakye
  • 16 Chaves de la Torre
  • 18 Pelegrín
  • 28 Herrera
  • 31 Álvarez Fernández
Ref: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
Att: 68,500

Match Stats

Shots

16 5

On target

7 2

Corners

9 1

Fouls

14 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Elche 0.

90:00 +2:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Elche 0.

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

90:00 +1:47

Manu Herrera (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:21

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Manu Herrera.

90:00 +1:19

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Isco.

90:00 +0:10

Foul by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

90:00 +0:10

Fidel (Elche) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:18

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:18

Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).

87:52

Offside, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

87:10

Attempt saved. Aarón (Elche) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rubén Pérez.

84:34

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isco with a through ball.

84:08

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:08

Foul by Rubén Pérez (Elche).

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Xabi Alonso.

82:00

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

81:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

80:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 3, Elche 0. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

78:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Elche. Cristian Herrera replaces Carles Gil.

77:33

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

75:44

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:44

Foul by Carles Gil (Elche).

74:13

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Alberto Botía.

73:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Jesé.

73:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Elche. Fidel replaces Manu del Moral.

72:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Elche. Aarón replaces Alberto Rivera.

72:27

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:27

Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).

71:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 2, Elche 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

70:24

Attempt missed. Coro (Elche) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

69:59

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:59

Foul by Rubén Pérez (Elche).

69:12 Booking

Booking Javier Márquez (Elche) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:08

Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:08

Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).

69:02

Attempt blocked. Coro (Elche) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carles Gil.

68:04

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

68:04

Manu del Moral (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:27

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:27

Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).

66:38

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

65:38

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

65:38

Javier Márquez (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:07

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Javier Márquez.

64:04

Attempt blocked. Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:46 Booking

Booking Alberto Botía (Elche) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:35

Jesé (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:35

Foul by Alberto Botía (Elche).

61:52

Hand ball by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

58:46

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pepe following a fast break.

56:52

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:52

Foul by Edu Albácar (Elche).

56:18

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

56:18

Edu Albácar (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:58

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:58

Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).

54:16

Offside, Elche. Manu del Moral tries a through ball, but Javier Márquez is caught offside.

53:17

Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

53:17

Carles Gil (Elche) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:04

Attempt missed. Javier Márquez (Elche) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Edu Albácar with a cross following a corner.

51:35

Corner, Elche. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

50:16 Booking

Booking Pepe (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

49:41

Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

49:41

Javier Márquez (Elche) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:51

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

47:51

Alberto Rivera (Elche) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:13

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Edu Albácar.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Madrid 1, Elche 0.

45:00 +0:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Elche 0.

41:35

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

40:57

Foul by Ángel Di María (Real Madrid).

40:57

Rubén Pérez (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:26

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

39:29 Booking

Booking Alberto Rivera (Elche) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:18

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:18

Foul by Alberto Rivera (Elche).

38:41

Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

38:41

Domingo Cisma (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:47

Foul by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

36:47

Carles Gil (Elche) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:09

Offside, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

35:34

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:34

Foul by Rubén Pérez (Elche).

33:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 1, Elche 0. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pepe following a corner.

33:07

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Lombán.

32:42

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:42

Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).

32:09

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:09

Foul by Carles Gil (Elche).

30:24

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Domingo Cisma.

28:59

Attempt missed. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

28:06

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

28:06

Manu del Moral (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:26

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Álvaro Arbeloa.

19:24

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:24

Foul by Coro (Elche).

16:47

Foul by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

16:47

Rubén Pérez (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:27

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:27

Foul by Edu Albácar (Elche).

8:36

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Alberto Botía.

8:34

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

7:48

Attempt saved. Coro (Elche) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carles Gil.

7:19

Attempt blocked. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Arbeloa.

6:10

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:10

Foul by Edu Albácar (Elche).

5:10

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:10

Foul by Rubén Pérez (Elche).

3:07

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Domingo Cisma.

2:37

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Manu Herrera.

2:34

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

0:39

Dangerous play by Manu del Moral (Elche).

0:39

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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