Spanish La Liga
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Real Madrid 4-0 Almería

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale's 19th goal of the season helped Real Madrid boost their Spanish title chances with an easy win against Almeria at the Bernabeu.

Real led through Angel Di Maria's angled drive before Wales forward Bale doubled their lead with a powerful left-foot effort after the break.

Isco tucked inside the near post three minutes later before substitute Alvaro Morata guided in a late fourth.

Real moved level on points with leaders Atletico Madrid after Barcelona lost.

Carlo Ancelotti's men are second behind their city rivals Atletico, who visit Getafe on Sunday, on the basis of the head-to-head record between the two teams.

But they moved above arch rivals Barca - with five matches remaining - after the Catalans suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Granada.

Despite the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Real never looked like being threatened by an Almeria side which has spent the vast majority of the season stuck in the bottom three.

And, after being initially frustrated by visiting keeper Esteban in the first half, their attacking quality shone through after the break to earn a resounding win.

Now Ancelotti's side switch their attention to the Copa Del Rey final, where they face Barca in Valencia on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 25López
  • 18Nacho
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 5Fábio CoentrãoSubstituted forLlorenteat 73'minutes
  • 19Modric
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 23Isco
  • 22Di MaríaSubstituted forCasemiroat 64'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 11BaleSubstituted forMorataat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 16Casemiro
  • 21Morata
  • 27Vázquez
  • 28Mascarell
  • 38Llorente
  • 39Da Silva

Almería

  • 1Andrés Suárez
  • 22Tomar Marcos
  • 4Martínez
  • 2Torsiglieri
  • 21Jiménez Ortiz
  • 7Garcia Rabasco
  • 6Tebar
  • 15García Pérez-RoldánSubstituted forSorianoat 72'minutes
  • 19Sundy ZongoSubstituted forDíaz Gonzálezat 69'minutes
  • 10Ríos LozanoSubstituted forVidal Parreuat 57'minutes
  • 11Rodrigues Barbosa

Substitutes

  • 3Silva Fernández
  • 8Vidal Parreu
  • 9Díaz González
  • 17Fernández Saez
  • 23Soriano
  • 25Cuesta Díaz
  • 31Azeez
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
65,896

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAlmería
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home28
Away5
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Almería 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Almería 0.
Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).
Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.
Foul by Diego Llorente (Real Madrid).
Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marcos Tébar (Almería).

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 4, Almería 0. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi with a through ball.
Nacho (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Verza (Almería).
Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Álvaro Morata following a set piece situation.
Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Diego Llorente (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mané (Almería).
Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).
Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.
Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.
Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Álvaro Morata with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Diego Llorente replaces Fábio Coentrão.

Substitution

Substitution, Almería. Fernando Soriano replaces Corona.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Gareth Bale.

Substitution

Substitution, Almería. Óscar Díaz replaces Jonathan.
Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.
Attempt saved. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.
Attempt missed. Verza (Almería) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mané.
Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nacho.
Attempt saved. Corona (Almería) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Ángel Di María.
Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).
Hélder Barbosa (Almería) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).
Esteban (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Almería. Aleix Vidal replaces Rodri.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, Almería 0. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Almería 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.
Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Verza.
Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.
Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.
Attempt blocked. Hélder Barbosa (Almería) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Isco with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marco Torsiglieri.
Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonathan.

Second Half

Second Half begins Real Madrid 1, Almería 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Almería 0.
Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María.
Attempt missed. Marco Torsiglieri (Almería) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isco.
Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacho.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Corona.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Hélder Barbosa.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonathan.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Esteban.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marco Torsiglieri.
Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
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