Spanish La Liga
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Real Madrid 3-0 Elche

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.

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

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 25López
  • 15Carvajal
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forCasemiroat 83'minutes
  • 3PepeBooked at 51mins
  • 2Varane
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 22Di María
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 82'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 20JeséSubstituted forIscoat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 4Ramos
  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 16Casemiro
  • 18Nacho
  • 21Morata
  • 23Isco

Elche

  • 1Herrera Yagüe
  • 23Cisma
  • 21Albácar Gallego
  • 6Pérez Minguez
  • 3BotíaBooked at 63mins
  • 4Rodríguez Lombán
  • 5RiveraBooked at 40minsSubstituted forÑíguez Esclapezat 73'minutes
  • 17MárquezBooked at 70mins
  • 11Corominas
  • 15GilSubstituted forHerreraat 79'minutes
  • 14Del Moral FernándezSubstituted forChaves de la Torreat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ñíguez Esclapez
  • 8Mantecón
  • 9Boakye
  • 16Chaves de la Torre
  • 18Pelegrín
  • 28Herrera
  • 31Álvarez Fernández
Referee:
Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
Attendance:
68,500

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamElche
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Elche 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Elche 0.
Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).
Manu Herrera (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Manu Herrera.
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.
Foul by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).
Fidel (Elche) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).
Offside, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.
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.
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.
Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Rubén Pérez (Elche).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Xabi Alonso.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Elche. Cristian Herrera replaces Carles Gil.
Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Carles Gil (Elche).
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Alberto Botía.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Jesé.

Substitution

Substitution, Elche. Fidel replaces Manu del Moral.

Substitution

Substitution, Elche. Aarón replaces Alberto Rivera.
Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).

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.
Attempt missed. Coro (Elche) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rubén Pérez (Elche).

Booking

Javier Márquez (Elche) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).
Attempt blocked. Coro (Elche) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carles Gil.
Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).
Manu del Moral (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).
Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.
Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).
Javier Márquez (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Javier Márquez.
Attempt blocked. Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Alberto Botía (Elche) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jesé (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alberto Botía (Elche).
Hand ball by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).
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.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Edu Albácar (Elche).
Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).
Edu Albácar (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Javier Márquez (Elche).
Offside, Elche. Manu del Moral tries a through ball, but Javier Márquez is caught offside.
Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).
Carles Gil (Elche) wins a free kick on the right wing.
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.
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