Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema smashed an incredible four goals in 18 minutes to effectively end the game as a contest, as the Blancos’ new coach continues his fine start
A formidable start from Real Madrid’s attacking trident was the key to victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, as Zinedine Zidane’s side destroyed Sporting Gijon 5-1.
Fifa issued a transfer ban against both Madrid clubs this week over offences 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.