- Real Madrid thrashed Alaves 3-0 at the Bernabeu on Sunday night
- Karim Benzema opened scores for the Los Blancos with his 18th goal of the season
- Vinicius Junior and substitute Mariano Diaz added two more goals to seal the victory
Real Madrid closed the gap with second-placed Atletico Madrid to two points after claiming a 3-0 win over Alaves in a La Liga clash on Sunday, February 3, at the Santiago Bernabéu.
French forward Karim Benzema’s 18th goal of the season opened the net for the Los Blancos before the pair of Vinicius Junior and substitute Mariano Diaz added two more goals in the last 10 minutes to seal the victory.
The performance saw the Galaticos claim their fourth consecutive La Liga win and fifth successive win across in all competitions.
And will be looking forward to topple City rivals Atletico when they clash next weekend.
Alaves came into the contest with seven defeat in 21 league games this term and seventh on the log before hostilities commenced.
Dani Ceballos missed Galaticos first opportunity to score in the 3rd minute but his effort could only hit Alaves crossbar.
Vinicius released a decent shot in the 17th minute, but it was well handled by Alaves shot-stopper Fernando Pacheco, who showed class with his catch.
But in the 30th minute Benzema was at the end Reguilon cross to net the opening goal of the match.
Alaves were struggling to keep pace with their host as lone striker Jonathan Calleri could not offer much before the end of the half.
In the second stanza, the two teams upped their game, but Pacheco was on point to stop a half-volley from Benzema from hitting his net
Pacheco also saved Gareth Bale’s effort in the 50th minute. Alaves were presented a glorious opportunity to equalize in the 53rd minute but Burgui failed to convert with only Thibaut Courtois to beat.
In the 80th minute Vinicius scored Real Madrid's second off an assist from Asensio. Despite having a goal ruled out earlier for offside, Alvaro Odriozola, who was a sub in the game provided Mariano a wonderful assist for to seal the win for Los Blancos in the added time.
At the blast of referee Santiago Jaime Latre’s final whistle the scoreboard read Real Madrid 3 - 0 Alaves