Bale scores brace as Real Madrid march on

Bale scores brace as Real Madrid march on

Gareth Bale scored a brace as Real Madrid cemented their position at the top of LaLiga with a 3-0 home victory over Leganes.

The Wales international, who signed a new six-year contract last week, scored twice in the final seven minutes of the first half before missing multiple chances to secure his hat-trick after the break.

Alvaro Morata then sealed the win for Madrid with an impressive finish in the closing stages for his sixth goal in as many appearances across all competitions.

The victory puts Zinedine Zidane’s side – the only team still unbeaten in the top-flight – five points clear of Barcelona, who face an away game against Sevilla later on Sunday as Leganes stay in 17th after a fourth straight defeat.

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In another boost for Madrid as they recovered strongly from Wednesday’s Champions League draw against Legia Warsaw, Luka Modric came off the substitutes’ bench to make his first appearance in almost six weeks after a knee injury.

Leganes made a competitive start to the game, with Madrid failing to register an attempt at goal until Morata headed just over from Bale’s cross midway through the first half.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in an offside position when he blazed over the crossbar and the Portugal international then dragged another shot wide.

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