Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid4Alavés0

Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves

Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrate Benzema's goal
Karim Benzema (left) scored 11 goals in La Liga in 2016-17

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Cristiano Ronaldo's "wonderful gesture" after he gave up the chance of a hat-trick in the win over Alaves.

Ronaldo could have scored his third of the game when Real won a late penalty, but instead he let Karim Benzema take it for a morale-boosting goal.

Benzema stepped up to score his fourth of the La Liga campaign after earlier setting up two of his side's goals.

"I'm very happy with Ronaldo's gesture," Zidane said.

"This is a team game and it was a wonderful gesture."

Benzema's backheel set up his Portuguese team-mate's first and then played in Gareth Bale after the break, with Lucas Vazquez setting up Ronaldo's second.

"Cristiano showed true team spirit with Karim, who really deserved a goal," Vazquez said. "I'm delighted for Karim because he's a phenomenal player."

Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas added: "None of us was surprised by Cristiano's gesture because we know what type of person he is."

Ronaldo has now scored eight goals in his past four Real appearances, and 299 in the Spanish top flight.

Bale was impressive in only his second start in five games, hitting the crossbar and winning the late penalty. His goal came 28 seconds after the restart, Real's quickest second-half goal since 2004.

Third-placed Real are 14 points behind leaders Barcelona, who beat Girona 6-1 on Saturday.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 6Nacho
  • 15Hernández
  • 17Vázquez
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forLlorenteat 80'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 23KovacicSubstituted forCeballosat 73'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 13Casilla
  • 18Llorente
  • 19Hakimi
  • 21Mayoral
  • 22Isco
  • 24Ceballos
  • 27Tejero

Alavés

  • 1Pacheco
  • 4Ruano
  • 5Laguardia
  • 12Ely
  • 3Duarte
  • 21PérezBooked at 5mins
  • 19García SánchezSubstituted forMedránat 63'minutes
  • 16Torres
  • 17PedrazaSubstituted forGómezat 62'minutes
  • 10GuidettiSubstituted forFranco Alvizat 74'minutes
  • 7SobrinoBooked at 20mins

Substitutes

  • 6Maripán
  • 11Gómez
  • 13Sivera
  • 14Franco Alviz
  • 18Pina
  • 23Medrán
  • 32Aguirregabiria
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández
Attendance:
65,228

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAlavés
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home24
Away11
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Alavés 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Alavés 0.

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

Burgui (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt saved. Theo Hernández (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

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

Attempt saved. Hernán Pérez (Alavés) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Burgui.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 4, Alavés 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Real Madrid. Gareth Bale draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Víctor Laguardia (Alavés) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Foul by Álvaro Medrán (Alavés).

Offside, Alavés. Alexis Ruano tries a through ball, but Hernán Pérez is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ibai Gómez (Alavés) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hernán Pérez.

Booking

Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid).

Rubén Sobrino (Alavés) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marcos Llorente replaces Casemiro.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Rubén Sobrino.

Attempt missed. Hernán Pérez (Alavés) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rubén Duarte.

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Rubén Duarte (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fernando Pacheco.

Attempt saved. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Burgui replaces John Guidetti.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos replaces Mateo Kovacic.

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

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

Foul by John Guidetti (Alavés).

Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Casemiro.

Attempt missed. John Guidetti (Alavés) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid).

Ibai Gómez (Alavés) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

Álvaro Medrán (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Theo Hernández (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Offside, Alavés. Ibai Gómez tries a through ball, but Rubén Duarte is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Álvaro Medrán replaces Manu García.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 24th February 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona25205068125665
2Atl Madrid2416713692755
3Real Madrid25156462273551
4Valencia24144647281946
5Sevilla2412393135-439
6Villarreal2411583529638
7Celta Vigo25105104337635
8Eibar25105103238-635
9Girona259793536-134
10Getafe248972921833
11Real Betis24103114150-933
12Leganés2586112128-730
13Real Sociedad2485114645129
14Ath Bilbao2461082427-328
15Espanyol2561092232-1028
16Alavés2591152237-1528
17Levante24311102138-1720
18Las Palmas2554161852-3419
19Dep La Coruña2546152453-2918
20Malaga2434171538-2313
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