C Ronaldo (44, 61),G Bale (46),K Benzema (89 pen)
R Madrid vs Alaves
Spanish La Liga
3:15pm Saturday 24th February
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: REAL MADRID 4-0 ALAVES
REAL MADRID 4-0 ALAVES
Zinedine Zidane must be delighted on what has been just about the perfect afternoon for Real Madrid.
All of the BBC scored, assisting each other and playing some wonderful football. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring before the break before Gareth Bale pounced on a mistake to make it two just 28 seconds after the restart.
Ronaldo helped himself to his second before a late Karim Benzema completed the rout.
90+2: We're deep into two minutes of stoppage time and Ronaldo looks like he will have to settle for two as he has a shot saved by Pacheco before having another attempt blocked.
GOAL! REAL MADRID 4-0 ALAVES (Benzema pen, 89)
Ronaldo foregoes his penalty duties and his chance of a hat-trick as he puts the ball down for Benzema who steps up and fires his spot-kick to Pacheco's right and into the bottom corner.
That was a wonderful gesture from the Real captain of the day and Benzema has his goal.
REAL MADRID 3-0 ALAVES
88: PENALTY REAL MADRID! There's no complaints as Bale is caught by Laguardia. It's not Ronaldo but Benzema who will take this...
87: Madrid are going 11 points behind Barcelona and it's a lack of consistency that has put paid to their title challenge. Medran catches Carvajal.
85: More wonderful, sweeping football from Madrid as Ronaldo releases Bale down the left and the Welshman, with the outside of his left boot, just can't find the onrushing Lucas in the centre.
83: SAVE! Ibai Gomez very nearly gets one back for Alaves as his shot is deflected but the Real 'keeper makes the save before denying Perez on the rebound. The first shot would've counted before the linesman's flag went up.
81: That's lovely footwork from Ceballos after being set up by Benzema and he invites Bale onto the ball on the left but he fierce cross is beyond the outstretched Benzema.
All that's lacking for Real this afternoon is a goal for the Frenchman. Ronaldo will say his hat-trick goal...
80: SUB! Casemiro takes off his gloves and salutes the crowd as he is replaced by Marcos Llorente for the final 10 minutes. That means Real have four youth-team graduates in the side now.
78: Good football from Alaves as patient build up enables Burgui to shoot over. They deserve a consolation for their efforts but it has been one-way traffic this second half.
76: SAVE! Another good chance comes from Theo's diagonal run into the area but he chooses the wrong option, looking for Ronaldo before he feeds the ball inside for Lucas but Pacheco gets down to his right to tip the shot around the post!
74: SUB! Jorge Burgui takes the place of John Guidetti up front for Alaves, who now have three former Real Madrid players in their side.
73: SUB! Kovacic deserves his round of applause as he is replaced by Dani Ceballos for the final 17 minutes.
71: SIDE NETTING! Lucas goes close to making it four as he receives Benzema's pass, dribbles forward and fires into the side-netting of Pacheco's net.
70: CLOSE! Ronaldo is inches away from what surely could have been his hat-trick as Bale hangs in a delicious cross but he appears to just take his eye off the ball or miss-read the ball and he fails to connect.
BALE OUT THE BLOCKS
67: OVER! Alaves have a free-kick in a dangerous position and Guidetti stands over it. His right-footed shot is over the wall but also the bar without threatening Navas.
67: SAVE! Ely hacks clear from inside his own six-yard box as Theo shows great control and pace to glide into the Alaves box before his shot is saved by Pacheco. The Real Madrid fans are loving this, they're heading towards a fifth straight win.
66: The insistence of Benzema is thrilling the Bernabeu as he wins the ball and plays it wide to Lucas but Bale this time gets his acrobatic effort all wrong on the edge of the box. Dani Ceballos is warming up on the touchline.
63: SUBS! Alaves make a change as Alvaro Medran and Ibai Gomez replace Pedraza and Manu Garcia.
GOAL! REAL MADRID 3-0 ALAVES (Ronaldo, 61)
It's a third for Madrid and it has been coming. Bale sweeps the ball out wide to the right for Lucas and he times his pass to the near post to perfection to find the onrushing Cristiano Ronaldo and he flashes in his second of the day!
REAL MADRID 2-0 ALAVES
60: Alaves are camped in their own area and it's very difficult for them at the moment to get out.
Varane copes comfortably with Pedraza's ball forward before Bale goes down at the far post from Carvajal's cross. He doesn't appeal for a penalty but there was a shove from Alexis.
57: OVER! Varane rubs the back of his head but the ball came off Ely last so it's another corner to Madrid to be taken by Bale. It's Lucas in fact with the inswinger but Alaves see out the danger.
56: WIDE! Alaves will still come forward as Sobrino rises to meet Marcos Gullon's cross but he flashes his header a yard or so wide.
54: OVER! Every time Madrid come forward they now look menacing as Bale tries his luck from distance but his sweeping left-foot strike just shaves the crossbar on its way over.
52: Lucas has really provided an additional threat down the right of this Madrid attack and Alaves look increasingly exposed as Pacheco denies him on the counter.
Benzema played him through down the side but as he tries to find Ronaldo at the far post, two Alaves defenders slide in simultaneously to thwart the danger before Pacheco collects.
51: OFFSIDE! Benzema deserves a goal of his own but he drifts just offside from Carvajal's pass before beating Pacheco so the goal doesn't stand.
50: Madrid didn't have too many clear-cut chances before Abelardo's half-time game plan went straight out of the window just seconds into the restart. Pedraza catches Bale late in a 50-50 challenge.
Sobrino makes Navas work with a snap shot from Perez's cross.
48: It's an important goal for both Bale and Benzema as the Frenchman knocked the ball past Alexis to receive his own pass before Bale made no mistake.
Alaves waste a good chance to half the deficit from a corner but they will have to commit more men forward now.
GOAL! REAL MADRID 2-0 ALAVES (Bale, 46)
This changes things immediately as it's a terrible touch from Alexis Ruano as Benzema pounces to run forward before slipping in Bale to his left and he makes no mistake by tucking the ball under Pacheco. Alaves have it all to do.
WE'RE BACK UNDERWAY
46: Alaves get us back up and running after that breathless end to the first period. Alaves very much still in this game.
RED HOT RONNIE
REAL MADRID 1-0 ALAVES
Alaves have contributed to a vibrant game of football and they can count themselves unlucky to go in at the break behind courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's 11th goal in his last seven games.
45+2: WIDE! Ely fails to clear from Benzema's cross and after the ball is worked by Theo back into his path on the left, he bends a right-footed shot a yard wide of the top corner. Applause this time from the home fans.
45: SAVE! We're into two minutes of added minutes as Keylor Navas saves at his near post from Alexis. Great response from Alaves.
GOAL! REAL MADRID 1-0 ALAVES (Ronaldo, 43)
Real Madrid are in front and it's that man Cristiano Ronaldo. He owes this one to Karim Benzema as the striker produces a sublime backheel into his path from Lucas' pass and the Portuguese fires with his left into Pacheco's bottom right corner.
REAL MADRID 0-0 ALAVES
42: WIDE! Casemiro has demonstrated on occasion how lethal he can be from range and this time he lets fly to the right of the penalty area and his shot dips and flies a yard wide of Pacheco's right-hand post.
41: Good play down the left by Duarte this time as he gets beyond Carvajal and forces Theo to knock the ball behind. Casemiro is fortunate to find Bale with his clearance from Perez's corner.
39: Brillant covering this time from Ely to prevent Ronaldo from getting his shot away without being blocked.
37: SAVE! Despite the good football from Real, this is the closest we've come to a goal as Pedraza's shot is saved by Navas and he gathers the loose ball under pressure!
Real then nearly pounce on a disastrous moment at the back for Alaves but Pacheco gathers just as Bale thinks he's been presented with a simple chance!
The goalkeeper's attempts at passing out from the back was intercepted by Bale but he was unable to control the ball!
36: Lucas' tenacity this time wins him a free-kick in a good position off Pedraza as Ronaldo winces from that awkward landing. Varane heads the free-kick straight into the path of Sobrino.
34: Ronaldo needs to run this off after being caught on the ankle.
Theo combines with Lucas Vazquez, who makes something out of nothing to get his right-foot shot away to force Pacheco into a save.
32: SHOT! Poor control from Theo allows John Guidetti to pounce on the loose ball before he cuts in and fires straight at Navas. Another good chance for the visitors.
30: WIDE! Brilliant play from Alaves as Guidetti combines with Hernan Perez before he fires over. Pedraza was in acres of space to his left but he was selfish, going with his right when it suited a left-footed player.
27: Ronaldo's header from Lucas' corner is blocked and cleared before Carvajal manages to prevent Sobrino from a clear sight of goal on the counter with an important interception.
28: Ronaldo has time and space from a short corner moments later but he bends his effort a yard or so wide of the post. It's nice and open.
26: CLOSE! Benzema doesn't appear fazed by that miss as Casemiro starts a move with a brilliant interception before feeding the Frenchman and his cross from the left is acrobatically hooked wide by Bale. That would've been some goal!
24: OFFSIDE! Fine play from Lucas as he threads the ball through to Ronaldo after drifting past two defenders but the Portuguese is marginally offside before Karim Benzema hits the post from the cross.
It wouldn't have counted but he still missed the target from close range!
22: Both sides have been playing with physical intensity in the opening 22 minutes.
Madrid have carved out a couple of chances and have had more of the ball, but Alaves are holding their own and had that opportunity through Sobrino.
Kovacic's cross is too high this time for Ronaldo.
21: Theo is very fortunate not to join Sobrino in the book as Estrada fails to acknowledge the cynical challenge on Perez to halt an Alaves break.
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