BBC, earlier on today, put 5 goals past 19th placed team Sporting Gijion.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both scored twice as Real Madrid dispatched Sporting Gijon 5-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
FIFA issued a transfer ban against both Madrid clubs this week over offenses related to the signing of young players, but home fans were able to celebrate a stunning display from Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Gareth Bale, who scored a hat trick against Deportivo La Coruna, opened the scoring with a header before Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema – making his 300th Madrid appearance – struck stunning goals to make it 3-0 after just 12 minutes.
Ronaldo and Benzema added another goal each before the break as the Bernabeu took to singing happy birthday to Alvaro Arbeloa, and Isma Lopez’s second-half goal did little to dampen the party mood as Zidane made it two wins from two in La Liga, with an injury to Bale the only real sour note for the home side.
It took Bale just seven minutes to score his fourth goal under Zidane, as he met Toni Kroos’ corner almost unchallenged at the near post to glance home a header.
Madrid was pressing well from the outset and, after Bale and Isco won back possession in the final third, Benzema flicked the ball into Ronaldo’s path and the Portuguese steadied himself before rifling a left-footed shot into the top corner from 18 yards out.
And the home side celebrated a stunning third just three minutes later, as Bale turned provider with a clipped cross from the right which was met by Benzema’s brilliant bicycle kick and flew into the bottom corner.
Madrid was rampant and Sporting rattled, and Ronaldo – who lost his Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi this week – added a fourth after 18 minutes, guiding home Dani Carvajal’s low cross with a fine left-footed first-time finish into the far corner.
Benzema came close to finishing a neat move involving Bale and Ronaldo but he did bag his second just before the break. A brilliant flick and lofted pass from Isco gave the France striker time and space to slot home at the near post from 12 yards.
Sporting fans found their voice as their side began to have some control of possession. But it was a little too late.
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