Just when it matters most, Real Madrid have found top gear. Ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final Clasico clash, they thrashed Alaves 3-0 to cut the gap on Barcelona to eight points at the top of La Liga.
Courtois, Odriozola, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Reguilón, Modric, Casemiro, Dani Ceballos, Bale (Marco Asensio, 63'), Benzema (Mariano, 74') y Vinicius (Isco, 86').
Pacheco, Vigaray, Maripán, Laguardia, Rubén Duarte, Wakaso, Pina, Manu García (Guidetti, 80'), Burgui (Rolan, 67'), Calleri (Alex Blanco, 80') y Jony.
1-0, min. 29. Benzema. 2-0, min.79. Vinicius. 3-0, min. 90+1. Mariano.
Jaime Latre (colegio aragonés). Mostró tarjeta amarilla a: Laguardia (32'), Burgui (54') y Wakaso (73').
Partido correspondiente a la jornada 22 de la Liga Santander disputado en el estadio Santiago Bernabéu ante 53.132 espectadores.
Madrid were comfortable against the Basque side from the start, even though it took half-an-hour to break the deadlock.
Vinicius Junior, who was excellent, played in Sergio Reguilon, and the left-back crossed for Karim Benzema to tuck home. His sixth in four games.
Vinicius grabbed the second himself, coolly slotting home to get the goal his display deserved, with both Victor Laguardia and Wakaso booked for fouling him as he ran through.
Substitute Mariano Diaz netted the third with a diving header on his comeback from injury. He’s back and Madrid are too.
"I came on and was a bit nervous after so much time, nobody wants to make mistakes in front of these fans, but I fixed it with a goal," said a pleased Mariano. ”I’m very happy at getting back playing again, happy for winning and for that final effort that ended up in a goal. We will continue this form."