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“BBC’’ strikeforce back on air as Real Madrid sink Alaves

Madrid – Real Madrid’s “BBC” strikeforce hit back with a vengeance when Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all scored in a 4-0 win over Alaves on Saturday.

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) jumps for the ball with Malaga’s Spanish midfielder Adrian Gonzalez Morales during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Malaga CF on 25, November 2017 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. / AFP PHOTO

The victory moved the champions within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo returned to the starting line-up after being rested for Wednesday’s game with Leganes.

The Portuguese put Real ahead after shaking off a painful ankle knock on the stroke of halftime, taking advantage of a clever backheel from Benzema.

Benzema was also the catalyst for Real’s second goal which came under a minute into the second half.

The Frenchman won the ball back in midfield and tore towards goal, slipping it into Bale’s path for the Wales international to slot it inside the near post.

Ronaldo struck Real’s third goal of the day and his 299th in La Liga in the 61st minute, sending Vazquez’s cutback under the reach of former Real goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.

Ronaldo then surrendered the opportunity to score a hat-trick by offering Benzema penalty-taking duties after Bale was brought down.

The Frenchman made no mistake, converting from the penalty kick spot in the 89th minute.

Real are third in the standings on 51 points, 11 behind leaders Barcelona and four from Atletico, who can widen the gap back to seven when they visit Sevilla on Sunday.


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