Bale hat-trick & Benzema brace in Zidane’s first match
Gareth Bale gets a hat-trick and Benzema scored twice in Real Madrid’s 5-0 victory against Deportivo in the Santiago Bernabéu. Zidane’s first match as coach is off to a great start.
In Saturday’s La Liga match against Deportivo La Coruna, Real Madrid needed a win to keep withing striking distance with Barcelona who four hours earlier won their game 4-0. In that match Messi’s hat-trick gave them a comfortable win. Real didn’t disappoint either. Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick and Benzema bagged a double. Surely coach Zinedine Zidane would have been happy with the result of his first game as head coach.
Perhaps the only disappointed person was Cristiano Ronaldo. Two of his rivals scored hat-tricks today while he got nothing. Yes you read that correctly. Both Messi and Gareth Bale are rivals in Ronaldo’s eyes. Persistent rumors about Ronaldo’s dissatisfaction with his team-mate over his record transfer did not sit well with the Portuguese from the start. It seems that he is not happy that Bale was the most expensive signing in history. We also know that he gets visibly upset when Bale outshines him or scores. In today’s game, Bale was deserved man of the match.
Bale hat-trick, Benzema brace, Ronaldo no goals and looking frustrated. Wonder whether that proves a symbolic start to the Zidane era…
— Andy West (@andywest01) January 9, 2016
With the earlier appointment of coach Rafael Benítez, he made it clear that he wanted to focus more on Gareth Bale in the team and it was reported that Ronaldo was not happy about that. When Benítez was replaced by Zidane, it was Bale’s turn to be upset, but if today is anything to go by, the Welshman had the perfect game under new coach Zinedine Zidane. Is this a taste of things to come. Hopefully Real Madrid can build from here and give rivals Barcelona a run for their money this season.
Real Madrid vs Deportivo in English
Resumen de Real Madrid (5-0) Deportivo
In today’s match Karim Benzema scored his 100th league goal for Real when he opened the scoring with a back-heel flick into the goal. Gareth Bale then headed in a goal. His second was a left foot tap between the keeper and near right post, assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo. After the break, Bale headed in another from a Toni Kroos corner. The final goal came when Ronaldo fumbled the ball in front of the goal, but Benzema was well placed to shoot the ball into the back of the net. Real Madrid are currently on 40 points, putting them two behind leaders Barcelona. However, Atlético Madrid have a game in hand against Celta Vigo and a win will place them top of the table.