Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid3Leganés0

Real Madrid 3-0 Leganés

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored three goals in his last two Real Madrid appearances

Gareth Bale celebrated his new contract with two goals as La Liga leaders Real Madrid signed off for the international break with victory over Leganes.

Real were far from convincing against their newly promoted neighbours until Bale latched on to Isco's pass to open the scoring.

The Wales forward got a second on the stroke of half-time after bundling the ball over from close range.

Alvaro Morata added the third after the interval.

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Real stay top without playing well

Zinedine Zidane's side moved five points clear of second-placed Barcelona, who are in action later on Sunday away to third-placed Sevilla (19:45 GMT).

Yet Real, who blew a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 at Legia Warsaw in the Champions League in midweek, struggled against their lowly opponents before Bale broke the deadlock seven minutes before half-time.

He raced on to a through ball from Isco that split the visiting defence and rounded goalkeeper Jon Serantes to tuck the ball inside the near post from a tight angle.

Bale then took advantage of poor defending from a free-kick to hit the second. Even then Real looked vulnerable.

It required a finger-tip save by Keylor Navas to deny Alexander Szymanowski before Morata, standing in for the injured Karim Benzema, made it 3-0.

A big plus for Zidane is the return from the bench of midfielder Luka Modric after injury.

The Real manager's options will be boosted further when Brazilian midfielder Casemiro returns from injury in the near future.

He will be needed.

Real's first game after the international break is away at neighbours Atletico Madrid, while the first El Clasico of the season against Barcelona is on 3 December.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 6NachoBooked at 41mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 16KovacicSubstituted forModricat 62'minutes
  • 8KroosBooked at 40mins
  • 22IscoSubstituted forRodríguezat 68'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 21MorataSubstituted forVázquezat 82'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 17mins

Substitutes

  • 10Rodríguez
  • 13Casilla
  • 15da Silva Coentrão
  • 17Vázquez
  • 19Modric
  • 20Asensio
  • 23Danilo

Leganés

  • 13Serantes Simón
  • 3Bustinza Martínez
  • 5MantovaniBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDíaz Miguelat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18InsúaBooked at 42mins
  • 15Rico Salguero
  • 19López Cabrera
  • 6Martín-Romo García-Adamez
  • 21Pérez del MármolSubstituted forda Rocha Nevesat 68'minutes
  • 7MachísBooked at 8minsSubstituted forRamos Suárezat 55'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8Appelt Pires
  • 11Szymanowski

Substitutes

  • 1Brignoli
  • 9Guerrero
  • 17Díaz Miguel
  • 20da Rocha Neves
  • 22Sastre Reus
  • 23Ramos Suárez
  • 24Timor
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
70,007

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamLeganés
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Leganés 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Leganés 0.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Víctor Díaz (Leganés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Víctor Díaz (Leganés).

Offside, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez tries a through ball, but James Rodríguez is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Víctor Díaz (Leganés).

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Diego Rico (Leganés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Omar Ramos (Leganés) because of an injury.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Omar Ramos (Leganés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Omar Ramos (Leganés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Omar Ramos (Leganés).

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Víctor Díaz replaces Martín Mantovani.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Álvaro Morata.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, Leganés 0. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Attempt blocked. Omar Ramos (Leganés) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Unai López.

Offside, Leganés. Bustinza tries a through ball, but Alexander Szymanowski is caught offside.

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

Foul by Alexander Szymanowski (Leganés).

Corner, Leganés. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Alexander Szymanowski (Leganés) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Omar Ramos with a through ball.

Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

Diego Rico (Leganés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Luciano Neves replaces Rubén Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez replaces Isco.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Bustinza (Leganés).

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

Foul by Omar Ramos (Leganés).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Modric replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Booking

Martín Mantovani (Leganés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 6th November 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid1183031102127
2Barcelona1181232131925
3Villarreal116411971222
4Atl Madrid116322581721
5Sevilla116321915421
6Real Sociedad116141812619
7Ath Bilbao115241513217
8Celta Vigo115241821-317
9Las Palmas114432118316
10Malaga114341716115
11Eibar114341615115
12Alavés113441115-413
13Espanyol112631317-412
14Real Betis113261122-1111
15Valencia113171521-610
16Dep La Coruña11245816-810
17Leganés11317922-1310
18Sporting Gijón112361022-129
19Osasuna111461221-97
20Granada11047925-164
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