Bale, Ronaldo fire Real in 10-goal fest
31 October 2013, 07:54
Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and Gareth Bale became the
fifth British player to score for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in La Liga
when he struck twice in an action-packed 7-3 win over Sevilla on
Making his first home start for the Spanish club, Bale also conjured two
assists in a performance that will help dispel doubts about the €100
million winger's form and fitness since his record move from Tottenham
France striker Karim Benzema, who has been struggling to find the net
for both club and country, also helped himself to two goals as
third-placed Real closed to within two points of Atletico Madrid ahead
of their game at Granada on Thursday.
Carlo Ancelotti's team looked far from convincing at times and let
Sevilla back into the match after taking an early 3-0 lead but what
eventually became a rout was a welcome boost after Saturday's 2-1 defeat
Sevilla played the final quarter of an hour with 10 men after midfielder
Stephane M'Bia was shown a second yellow card for catching substitute
Luka Modric with a flailing arm and it was the first time in almost 50
years that 10 goals were scored in a La Liga match at the Bernabeu.
"It was quite a strange game with the amount of goals and everything
that happened, some of the decisions, but we got the three points," Real
midfielder Xabi Alonso, who came on as a second-half substitute after a
lengthy injury absence, told Spanish television.
"Personally I am very pleased to be back because these five months have been a big challenge," added the Spain international.
"Little by little I will pick up the pace and start to be useful to the team again."
preparations were disrupted by the protracted negotiations over his move
and he has gradually been working his way back from a thigh strain in
The 24-year-old fired Real ahead in the 13th minute when he picked up a
Benzema pass in the area and lashed the ball superbly into the top
By scoring at Real's giant arena, the Welshman was following in the
footsteps of British compatriots Laurie Cunningham, Steve McManaman,
David Beckham and Michael Owen.
Bale's second came in the 27th when his free kick ricocheted off Sevilla
fullback Alberto Moreno and bounced into the net past wrongfooted
Real were apparently flying when Isco won a penalty converted by Ronaldo
five minutes later but the visitors stunned the home fans into silence
with two quick goals.
Ivan Rakitic struck from the penalty spot in the 38th and Carlos Bacca
finished off a sweeping move two minutes later to make it 3-2 at the
The second half was equally eventful, with Bale setting up first Benzema
and then Ronaldo before Rakitic curled a superb shot into the top
corner for 5-3.
In a frantic 10 minutes, Ronaldo completed his 18th La Liga hat-trick
with a deflected shot, then gave away a penalty that Rakitic fired over
the bar before M'Bia was dismissed to end any hopes of a Sevilla
Benzema netted the final goal of the night 10 minutes from time when he headed home a Marcelo cross from the left.
"It was entertaining for the fans but not so much for the coaches," Real director Emilio Butragueno told Spanish TV.
"They prefer more control and that wasn't the case," added the former Real and Spain striker.
"We have to keep a clean sheet at home. We have to reflect because they
had two one-on-ones that Diego Lopez stopped brilliantly and we have to
Sevilla are 10th on 13 points, the same as 11th-placed Valencia who
surrendered a 1-0 advantage to lose 2-1 at home to Almeria, the bottom
club's first win of the campaign.
Real Sociedad also blew a lead when they went 2-0 ahead at Real
Valladolid before the mid-table clash ended 2-2, while Osasuna thumped
fellow strugglers Osasuna 3-1.
Unbeaten league leaders Barca, who won 3-0 at Celta Vigo on Tuesday,
have 31 points from 11 matches, with Atletico on 27 and Real on 25.