Real Madrid recovered from recent disappointments by putting a poor Deportivo side to the sword, scoring seven at the Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane freshened up his tactics, which had received a lot criticism recently, starting three up front. The home side had the better of the first 20 minutes, but, it was Depor who would take the lead, a lapse in concentration by the Madrid defense allowed Adrian Lopez to set up Andone with a tap in.
Despite the goal, Real continued to dictate the play. Ronaldo was denied by a fantastic save by the Depor goalkeeper, Ruben, who tipped his header over the post. Ruben was called into action once more, this time he was gifted with a bit fortune as Marcelo’s shot slipped from his hands and hit the post before he gratefully gathered it.
It had been 14 years since Real Madrid last lost three consecutive home games in La Liga and with the mounting pressure on Deportivo’s defense, it wasn’t a surprise when Real Madrid eventually equalized. A corner taken quickly, Kroos found Marcelo in the box and the Brazilian had plenty of time to find his defensive partner, Nacho, who rifled the ball past Ruben.
The Bernabeu had waited four hours to see their team score, thankfully, they didn’t have to wait another four hours with Gareth Bale popping up just 10 minutes later to give Real Madrid the lead. As all of the goals, the chance was resulted from a cross which Depor failed to clear, landing at the feet of the Welshman who measured his angles well and curled in a stunning shot into the top corner. The half time whistle blew just three minutes later with Los Blancos very much in control in the capital.
The second half continued much in same vain as the first with Zidane’s men peppering Deportivo’s box with crosses. Madrid did eventually get the third and unsurprisingly, it was the man of the match, Gareth Bale, who jumped highest to meet Toni’s Kroos’s corner. Mayoral nearly doubled Madrid’s lead when he came within inches of knocking low cross into an empty net.
The fourth was perhaps the pick of the bunch, Madrid countering on Deportivo through Gareth Bale who pass to Ronaldo was flicked on by the Portuguese superstar to Luka Modric. The Croatian chose his spot, his firm shot finding its way past Ruben’s near post.
Madrid’s commanding lead might have led to the home side relaxing a little and they gave up two big chances for the visitors to get back into the game. Andone firstly sees his cross slapped away by Keylor Navas only for the ball to fall to Lucas Perez who blazed his shot over the bar. From the goal kick, Casimero loses the ball just outside his six yard box and puts Andone through on goal. The Romanian shot beats Navas, but, doesn’t beat Nacho who knocked the shot out for a corner.
It was the only spell of note for Deportivo with Real Madrid continued their hunt for another goal. Ronaldo chested down a cross and hammered his shot narrowly wide, with his brace, Gareth Bale had overtaken Ronaldo as Real Madrid’s top goalscorer in the league with 6. Ronaldo eventually closed within one goal of that tally when Madrid’s number seven tapped home a fifth for Los Blancos after another swift counter attack. He had seemed to score another goal, but, the referee ruled it out for offside. Undeterred, Ronaldo eventually grabbed his brace with a brave header into Ruben near post.
It had been the perfect game for Madrid and the man who started the scoring, finished it. Nacho was left with all the time in the world from a corner to turn and grab his brace.
Madrid move back into fourth place, overtaking Villarreal, Deportivo, however, remain in the bottom three having failed to capitalize on the sides above them also dropping points in the earlier kickoffs.