Frenchman Zinedine Zidane had a dream start to his time as the Real Madrid manager as in his first match, a La Liga clash against Deportivo, his team ran out 5 – 0 winners with Welshman Gareth Bale helping himself to a treble.
Zidane is barely a week in the job, having replaced Rafa Benitez who was sacked in the wake of the 2 – 2 draw with Valencia and he got the perfect start with his countryman Karim Benzema getting the first goal on the 15th minute.
Benzema back-flicked the ball home from close range after Ramos had recycled the ball from a corner though there was some hint of offside as he scored.
Seven minutes later, Real Madrid doubled the lead, through Gareth Bale who headed home Danny Carvajal’s cross and it should have been three a few minutes later but Cristiano Ronaldo’s low shot drifted just wide.
Ronaldo saw his one other attempt, a header on the 39th minute, bounce off the post to see the game head to the break at 2 – 0.
Bale made it three just four minutes after the restart, angling his shot to the bottom corner after wonderful moves and a pass from Ronaldo. He then completed his hat trick on the 63rd minute when he rose well to head home Toni Kroos’ corner.
Ten minutes later the Welshman was replaced to a standing ovation from the fans as Jese Rodriguez took up his place on the pitch.
Raphael Varane, a half time sub for Sergio Ramos was lucky not to concede a penalty late on as he appeared to have touched the ball with his hand While Keylor Navas too had to go full stretch to keep out Mosquera as Real held on.
Deportivo’s Luiz Alberto had space in the Real Madrid box in the dying minutes but opted to pass to Lucas Perez who took too long to pull the trigger and Pepe stepped up to clear the danger.
Benzema wrapped up the show on the final minute with a goal off the cross bar after Ronaldo fumbled in an attempt to beat two defenders.