Real Madrid put behind them the recent transfer embargo by FIFA to trounce Sporting Gijon 5 – 1 in Zinedine Zidane’s second match in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday 17 January.
The rout started very early with the on fire Gareth Bale firing Real Madrid ahead on the seventh minute, glancing home a Toni Kroos delivery from a corner and two minutes later Real Madrid made it two with Cristiano Ronaldo lashing home a half volley from karim Benzema’s pass.
Real Madrid were firmly in control at that point and the third didn’t take long; Karim Benzema turned scorer when he got to the end of Bale’s cross with an acrobatic volley to make it three on the 12th minute.
Luca Modric should have made it four on the 16th minute but his shot flew over the bar though Ronaldo was on hand to get his second goal under Zidane’s reign on the 18th minute, turning in Dani Carvajal’s cross.
Karim Benzema netted his second of the afternoon on the 41st minute after getting to the end of Isco’s dinked pass with a fine first touch before scoring and Real Madrid headed to the break leading by five goals.
The downside for Real at that point was the injury to Gareth Bale as he limped off and was substituted at the start of the second half with Jese coming on as the replacement.
Ronaldo was lucky to stay on after booting Nacho Cases in the leg after being blocked on the 53rd minute. Had the referee spotted the incident it would have been a straight red.
Gijon pulled one back on the 62nd minute when Jony went forward in a fine run to release Lopez Isma who lashed past Keylor Navas and Real Madrid suffered another setback in Benzema’s injury on 66 minutes to be replaced by Matteo Kovacic.
With the win. Real Madrid rose to second place on 43 points, one ahead of third placed Barcelona who have two games in hand. Atletico Madrid leads with 44 points though they have played a game lesser than Real Madrid.