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Bale And Real Bounce Back

Gareth Bale silenced his critics since the troubled start to his Real Madrid career, by grabbing a brace and assisting two goals in his side’s thrilling 7-3 win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The record signing has been under pressure since his move to Madrid and has struggled with injury as well as form especially after a below-par performance in the weekend’s El Clasico.

Isco had the game’s first chance of the game in the 4th minute, the young midfielder’s shot flashing just wide of the right-hand post after being set-up well by striker Karim Benzema.

Bale marked his full home debut with a wonderful goal in the 14th minute when Isco ran the ball out of his own half and played a neat ball into Benzema, the Frenchman rolled the ball back into the Welsh winger who fired home.

Just 10 minutes later and the world’s most expensive footballer was on the score-sheet once more, this time a deflected free-kick which wrong-footed Beto as it flew into the opposite corner.

The visitors then conceded a penalty when Fernando Navarro brought down Isco in the area and Ronaldo stepped up to put the hosts 3-0 up in the 32nd minute.

Sevilla finally responded with an Ivan Rakitic penalty, after Sergio Ramos bundled Diogo Figueiras to the ground with 38 minutes on the clock.

Two minutes later and Carlos Bacca brought the visitors to within a goal when he slotted home after good work by Vitolo and Jairo Samperio.

Under fire striker Benzema scored next for the hosts to end a seven-game run without a goal with just eight minutes played in the second period.

Ronaldo then netted his second of the game after the hour mark after the superstar got onto the end of a cross from Bale to fire past a helpless Beto.

The away side responded with a goal of their own three minutes after Ronaldo’s second, this time Rakitic produced an exquisite finish from the edge of the area after neat work from substitute Diego Perotti.

Portuguese international Ronaldo completed his hat-trick in the 71st minute before Benzema added a confidence boosting second in the 80th minute to secure the win and bounce back from the weekends El Clasico defeat.

Ronaldo’s treble now makes him the club's fourth-highest Liga goalscorer with 157 goals, one more than the legendary Ferenc Puskas.

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