Cristiano Ronaldo double helps Real Madrid sink Alaves

Clyde Nash
February 26, 2018

90' GOAL! Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves: Despite being on a hat trick, Ronaldo hands the penalty kick to Benzema, who really needs a goal to boost his confidence.

Benzema was rewarded for his earlier assists with the chance for only a second league goal since November, which he took with little fuss.

Real are third in the standings on 51 points, 11 behind leaders Barcelona and four from Atletico, who can widen the gap back to seven when they visit Sevilla on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale "will always be important" to Real Madrid, despite leaving him out of three of the last four matches. That has led to calls for others like Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Marco Asensio to take their place.

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Ronaldo got in his second goal in the 61st when he used one touch of his right boot to fire Lucas Vazquez's pass under Pacheco. "I'm delighted for Karim because he's a phenomenal player", added Real winger Lucas Vazquez.

Ronaldo, whose first goal was created by a magnificent Benzema flick, stood aside in the 89th minute to allow the Frenchman to convert only his fourth league goal of the season.

Benzema was again the creator as Bale made it two less than a minute into the second period.

When asked if this meant the trio of Ronaldo-Bale-Benzema was back to playing at its best, Zidane replied that it had never been missing.

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It was a happy return for the bbC, although it must be stressed that they did not play in their usual pattern - but with Cristiano and Benzema as the central pair and Bale supplying them balls from the left in a sort of 4-4-2 set-up.

"The most important thing is the atmosphere in the dressing room, we are very strong".

Real have also thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 and Real Betis 5-3 within the last two weeks as well as beating Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) 3-1 in the first leg of their blockbuster Champions League last-16 tie, with their recent form contrasting with their limp start to the campaign.

Relegation-threatened Las Palmas scraped a point from drawing with Leganes 0-0 to inch its way toward safety.

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