Real Madrid vs Sevilla: Zizou’s All Stars crush Sevilla 4-0 at the Bernabéu

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Karim’s first half belter takes him to 20 for the season.

The game took off in Real Madrid‘s favour as their front man returnee Karim Benzema put his team in front through an amazingly hit volley with the help of a right footed cross from Gareth Bale within just 6 minutes.

As the half progressed, Real Madrid created plenty of chances and quite clearly seemed to dominate their opponents with Sevilla having created little or nothing.

Perhaps if Sevilla could’ve capitalised when Benoit Tremoulinas almost caught out Keylor Navas as his bending cross came off the crossbar, which required an immediate clearance from Marcelo.

Navas, who was brilliant throughout the game helped his team maintain a clean sheet over the period of 90 minutes but more in particular when he made a staggering save of Kevin Gameiro‘s well hit spot kick in the first half after Raphael Varane handed Sevilla a way back into the match when he grabbed a handful of Adil Rami‘s shorts in the penalty area.

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Keylor’s celebration after fantastically saving Gameiro’s spot-kick.

Though before the end of the half there was more drama as Madrid were denied a goal that was ruled out by the linesmen who didn’t make the right decision in calling Gareth Bale’s tap in assisted by a Cristiano Ronaldo header in his direction from a corner as offside.

Both Ronaldo and Bale were kept from adding to the score line in the first half as their out of the box drives were steered away by Sevilla’s last man Sergio Rico.

Madrid pushed for a second after the break and Ronaldo was given the chance to do just that after Luka Modric was brought down by Jose Antonio Reyes in the Sevilla box, but the Portuguese blasted the resulting penalty far above the crossbar and denied himself of his first goal for the night.

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The second half continued to be action packed as Toni Kroos gripped a half-volley only centimetres over the bar and Bale directed a neatly placed corner onto the crossbar from an unmarked position. For Sevilla it was Gameiro again who swept home Tremoulinas’ pass only to see the offside flag rule out the equaliser.

However, only two minutes later Madrid doubled their advantage with the help of a Ronaldo tap in from a low cross at the far post by Madrid’s right back Danilo.

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Cristiano celebrating his first for the night.

Two minutes later Bale made it 3-0 as Benzema chipped Ronaldo’s hazy pass over Rico to allow the Welshman a simple finish which took him to 43 goals in La Liga (highest number of goals for a British player).

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Gareth Bale celebrating his record breaking 43rd goal for The Galacticos.
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The BBC on the score sheet.

Sevilla pushed hard for a consolation and were nearly rewarded with Gameiro’s fierce drive, only it closely swept over the bar.

The young and quick Jese Rodriguez sealed the victory for the Los Blancos as the ball broke back into his path after he tried to line up Ronaldo for his second, which allowed him to power finesse the ball past Rico from just 6 yards out.

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Young Jese celebrating his first and Madrid’s fourth goal for the night.

The defeat is a blow to Sevilla’s Champions League hopes, but Madrid who were dominant through most of the game and deservedly won the game are back to within a point of second-placed Atletico Madrid, and 10 off leaders Barcelona.

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