Gareth Bale scores four in Real Madrid 10 goal rout
In Monday’s La Liga match in the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid win 10-2 against Rayo Vallecano, Real’s best result since 1960. Gareth Bale scored four to notch up his greatest goal tally in one game. Team-mate Karim Benzema hit a second-half hat-trick and Cristiano Ronaldo got a brace.
Real Madrid’s unforgettable win will certainly be good news for manager Benitez who has been under enormous pressure this season. The 10-2 rout is one of the biggest scorelines in the history of La Liga. But the game didn’t start Real’s way. Initially Rayo were 2-1 up and boos rang out in the Bernabéu. But Rayo’s early advance came to an end when Tito was shown a red card and Raúl Baena was later dismissed with two yellow cards. Down to nine men, Real Madrid took full advantage and a goal-fest ensued.
Danilo opened the scoring before Rayo struck back with two headers from Antonio Amaya and Jozabed. After Tito was shown a red card, a header from Gareth Bale leveled the score. A few minutes later Raúl Baena was dismissed when he got his second yellow card and Ronaldo converted the resulting penalty to put the hosts ahead. About ten minutes later Bale struck again this time from a James Rodríguez assist. The half ended with on Real Madrid 4, Rayo Vallecano 2.
Down to nine men, it was never going to be easy for Rayo Vallecano and a mere three minutes into the second half Karim Benzema notched up his first goal. Then Ronaldo headed in his second goal from a cross ball assisted by Rodríguez and later a fast break from Ronaldo supplied Gareth Bale with his third goal. Bale scored his fourth some 10 minutes later when his shot toward the center of the goal found the back of the net. Benzema then struck his second from a Luka Modric assist and got his third just before the end of the game. (He also scored a hat-trick two weeks ago in Real’s Champions League Group stage match.)
Both teams enjoyed 50% possession but Real notched up more than three times the amount of shots on target and more than twice the amount of corners. Fouls were 12 apiece, but with Rayo down to nine men for most of the game, it was a foregone conclusion.
Match goals and highlights
Gareth Bale Tweet
10-2!! What a way to finish before the Christmas break ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Ej7Fi0WOhY
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) December 20, 2015