Gareth Bale's 19th goal of the season helped Real Madrid boost their Spanish title chances with an easy win against Almeria at the Bernabeu.

Real led through Angel Di Maria's angled drive before Wales forward Bale doubled their lead with a powerful left-foot effort after the break.

Isco tucked inside the near post three minutes later before substitute Alvaro Morata guided in a late fourth.

Real without Ronaldo

Real Madrid have won all six of their La Liga games this season without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real moved level on points with leaders Atletico Madrid after Barcelona lost.

Carlo Ancelotti's men are second behind their city rivals Atletico, who visit Getafe on Sunday, on the basis of the head-to-head record between the two teams.

But they moved above arch rivals Barca - with five matches remaining - after the Catalans suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Granada.

Despite the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Real never looked like being threatened by an Almeria side which has spent the vast majority of the season stuck in the bottom three.

And, after being initially frustrated by visiting keeper Esteban in the first half, their attacking quality shone through after the break to earn a resounding win.

Now Ancelotti's side switch their attention to the Copa Del Rey final, where they face Barca in Valencia on Wednesday.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 18 Nacho
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão (Llorente - 73' )
  • 24 Illarramendi
  • 03 Pepe
  • 02 Varane
  • 19 Modric
  • 23 Isco
  • 09 Benzema
  • 22 Di María (Casemiro - 64' )
  • 11 Bale (Morata - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 16 Casemiro
  • 21 Morata
  • 27 Vázquez Iglesias
  • 28 Mascarell
  • 38 Llorente
  • 39 Da Silva

Almería

  • 01 Andrés Suárez
  • 22 Tomar Marcos
  • 21 Jiménez Ortiz
  • 06 Tébar
  • 04 Martínez
  • 02 Torsiglieri
  • 07 García Rabasco
  • 15 García Pérez-Roldán (Soriano - 72' )
  • 10 Ríos Lozano (Vidal Parreu - 57' )
  • 19 Sundy Zongo (Díaz González - 69' )
  • 11 Rodrigues Barbosa

Substitutes

  • 03 Silva Fernández
  • 08 Vidal Parreu
  • 09 Díaz González
  • 17 Fernández Saez
  • 23 Soriano
  • 25 Cuesta Díaz
  • 31 Azeez
Ref: Juan Martínez Munuera
Att: 65,896

Match Stats

Shots

29 5

On target

13 1

Corners

8 7

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Almería 0.

90:00 +2:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Almería 0.

89:31

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

89:31

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

88:54

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

86:32

Foul by Diego Llorente (Real Madrid).

86:32

Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:11

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

86:11

Foul by Marcos Tébar (Almería).

84:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 4, Almería 0. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi with a through ball.

83:48

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

83:48

Foul by Verza (Almería).

80:53

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Álvaro Morata following a set piece situation.

80:50

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:02

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

80:02

Foul by Mané (Almería).

78:56

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

78:56

Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:00

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

75:12

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.

74:33

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Álvaro Morata with a cross.

73:04

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

72:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Diego Llorente replaces Fábio Coentrão.

71:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Almería. Fernando Soriano replaces Corona.

69:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Gareth Bale.

68:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Almería. Óscar Díaz replaces Jonathan.

67:51

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

67:02

Attempt saved. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

66:11

Attempt missed. Verza (Almería) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mané.

65:09

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nacho.

64:05

Attempt saved. Corona (Almería) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Ángel Di María.

63:09

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

63:09

Hélder Barbosa (Almería) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:30

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

59:30

Esteban (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:26

Attempt saved. Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a through ball.

56:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Almería. Aleix Vidal replaces Rodri.

55:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 3, Almería 0. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a cross.

52:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 2, Almería 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

50:36

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

50:14

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Verza.

48:48

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.

47:25

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.

47:24

Attempt blocked. Hélder Barbosa (Almería) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:49

Attempt missed. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Isco with a cross following a corner.

46:24

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marco Torsiglieri.

46:23

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

45:42

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonathan.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Madrid 1, Almería 0.

45:00 +0:52 Half time

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

45:00 +0:13

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

41:56

Attempt missed. Marco Torsiglieri (Almería) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

40:07

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isco.

39:35

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacho.

38:32

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Corona.

38:21

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Hélder Barbosa.

38:00

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonathan.

37:41

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Esteban.

37:38

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

37:10

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marco Torsiglieri.

34:56

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

34:02

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

34:02

Foul by Verza (Almería).

30:49

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

30:49

Foul by Rodri (Almería).

30:06

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

29:48

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

29:01

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Asier Illarramendi.

27:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 1, Almería 0. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nacho.

25:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:45

Delay in match Marco Torsiglieri (Almería) because of an injury.

24:22

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

21:34

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

19:42

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

14:16

Dangerous play by Isco (Real Madrid).

14:16

Hélder Barbosa (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:42

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

12:00

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross.

11:22

Offside, Almería. Nélson tries a through ball, but Jonathan is caught offside.

9:26

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

9:26

Rodri (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:11

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

8:11

Verza (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:57

Hand ball by Corona (Almería).

7:28

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

7:27

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

6:26

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marco Torsiglieri.

6:11

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

3:13

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

1:27

Attempt missed. Jonathan (Almería) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Corona with a cross following a corner.

0:50

Corner, Almería. Conceded by Asier Illarramendi.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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