BBC Shine As Real Brush Alaves Aside
Spanish LaLiga Report: Real Madrid v Alaves 24 February 2018
Teams: Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves
Date: 24 February 2018
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all played starring roles as Real Madrid thumped Deportivo Alaves 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo returned to side and lined up alongside Bale and Benzema in the attack.
Los Blancos did most of the probing and pressing in the early stages but had to wait until the 18th minute for a chance when Benzema slotted wide of the mark from close range.
Alaves went close to breaking the deadlock on 31 minutes when Alfonso Pedrazaplayed a neat one-two with Manu Garcia before firing just over the bar from 18-yards out.
The home side were rewarded for their perseverance on the stroke of half-time as Ronaldo sent a powerful strike into the bottom corner after being picked out by Benzema, 1-0.
The lead was doubled shortly after the break as Benzema turned provider once again, picking out Bale, who sent a clinical low strike past Pacheco.
In the 60th minute, Ronaldo bagged his second and Los Blancos' third, by turning home Lucas Vazquez's low cross into the bottom corner.
Alaves showed no real attacking intent as Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas enjoyed a quiet game on the day.
Los Blancos rounded off the scoring in the 90th minute when they were awarded a penalty which Benzema surprisingly stepped up to, making no mistake to seal a 4-0 win.