Messi, Ronaldo shine for Barca, Madrid

Feb 26, 2018, 09:23
Messi, Ronaldo shine for Barca, Madrid

Los Blancos smashed four past Alaves in a 4-0 victory at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon, extending their winning streak to a fifth match in all competitions - their best-such run in an inconsistent campaign to date.

Bale played in a new position for Madrid, as a left-side midfielder as opposed to his usual spot as a winger on the right.

The 28-year-old has still scored nine goals this term, but he has struggled to make an impact in recent weeks and not been on the scoresheet in his last six appearances.

The home side were rewarded for their perseverance on the stroke of half-time as Ronaldo sent a powerful strike into the bottom corner after being picked out by Benzema, 1-0.

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Barcelona can open up a 10-point lead over Atletico Madrid when they host Girona later on Saturday, with Diego Simeone's capital club not playing until their Sunday visit to Sevilla.

Much of the pre-match focus was on Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo all being named in the starting XI but Zidane set his team up nominally in a 4-4-2 formation, with the Wales worldwide and Lucas Vazquez impressing on the flanks.

Ronaldo added a superb third but cleared the way for Benzema to convert an 89th-minute penalty after Victor Laguardia brought down Bale.

"Cristiano Ronaldo showed this with his attractive gesture to let Benzema take the penalty".

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'I know that some players are not of interest to you but there are those that train each day, hardly ever play and I am interested in them. "This proves that between them, there is a good atmosphere, a good relationship, and to win and continue what we're doing, it's super important".

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez, meanwhile, combined to condemn Eibar to back-to-back La Liga defeats as Celta Vigo eased themselves into seventh place in the table with a 2-0 win.

Messi took his league-leading tally to 22 goals, with Suarez next at 20.

Relegation-threatened Las Palmas scraped a point from drawing with Leganes 0-0 to inch its way toward safety.

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