BBC on form as Real Madrid beat Alaves 4-0

But while Bale and his "BBC" counterparts Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all found the net in this scintillating win, the Welshman played in a different role as Zidane tinkered with his side's shape ahead of the second leg of their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

When Madrid won a penalty in the final minute and regular spot-kick taker Ronaldo on a hat-trick, there appeared little doubt who would step up.

Much of the pre-match focus was on Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo all being named in the starting XI but Zidane set his team up nominally in a 4-4-2 formation, with the Wales global and Lucas Vazquez impressing on the flanks. They did, but it was the established guard of Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale who did the damage.

Up top, Zidane will bring back Cristiano Ronaldo after giving the Portuguese talisman a break in the midweek.

Benzema's pass with his heel set up Ronaldo to drive in his first goal in the 44th.

Alaves - Pacheco 7, Laguardia 5, Alexis 5, Ely 6, Duarte 5, Alfonso 5, Torres 6, Garcia 6, Perez 7, Guidetti 7, Sobrino 6.

Reports in Spain claimed this week that Bale has "run out of credit" at the Bernabeu, but he nearly answered his doubters with an audacious overhead kick which went just wide.

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Former Real Madrid academy man Fernando Pacheco is expected to continue between the posts for Alaves.

The first half was a scrappy affair with Real Madrid not at their best in front of goal early on.

Though, one person has told Neymar that he must open his eyes and join Real Madrid at some point.

Benzema had an effort disallowed for offside, Bale skimmed the crossbar with a 20-yard effort before Ronaldo made it 3-0 in the 61st minute. Good goal from Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice to lead Barcelona and Real Madrid to comfortable wins in the Spanish league on Saturday.

Real Madrid became the first Spanish team to score 100 goals in all competitions this season.


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