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Gareth Bale: Wales international scores twice in Real win

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid claimed an emphatic 7-3 win over 10-man Sevilla in La Liga.

The Wales international, making his first start at the Bernabeu, opened the scoring with a smart finish, before adding a second soon after.

Bale, 24, also provided two assists as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, while Karim Benzema grabbed two goals.

Ivan Rakitic scored two and Carlos Bacca got one for Sevilla, who had Stephane Mbia sent off.

Real are six points behind leaders Barcelona after the win and two off second-placed Atletico.

The two goals took Bale's total for Real Madrid to three goals in six games since his £85m move from Tottenham on 1 September.

It was the ideal response to a low-key performance by Bale in the 2-1 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona on Saturday, when he was making only his second start of an injury-hit season.

An added boost for manager Carlo Ancelotti was that Bale completed 90 minutes for the first time since joining Real.

His first goal against Sevilla was one of quality as he powerfully swept the ball into the top corner of the net after being set up by Benzema.

Bale doubled Real's lead just before the half hour mark when his free-kick took a huge deflection off the Sevilla wall to loop into the net.

The hosts then looked to be in control when Ronaldo confidently dispatched a penalty after Isco was brought down inside the area.

But Sevilla fought back before the break as Sergio Ramos was judged to have pushed Diogo Figueiras in the box and Rakitic scored the spot-kick.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his first goal for Real against Sevilla with a salute

Bacca then rolled the ball into the net from Vitolo's pass to pull the visitors to within one goal of Real.

A sweeping counter by the hosts after the break made it 4-2 when Benzema side-footed in from a pass by Bale, who then provided the assist for Ronaldo to convert from a similar position.

Rakitic curled in a third for Sevilla but victory was assured for Real when Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a deflected effort.

A difficult match got worse for the visitors 15 minutes from full-time when Mbia earned his second yellow card of the game for his part in a clash with Luka Modric.

The man disadvantage left a tired Sevilla side exposed and Real pushed forward in the closing stages looking for more goals.

Their seventh arrived 10 minutes from the end of the game when Benzema headed in Marcelo's cross.


Real Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25López
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 65mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 6KhediraBooked at 66minsSubstituted forDi Maríaat 82'minutes
  • 2Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 37mins
  • 11Bale
  • 24IllarramendiSubstituted forAlonsoat 64'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 23IscoSubstituted forModricat 71'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo


  • 1Casillas
  • 3Pepe
  • 14Alonso
  • 15Carvajal
  • 19Modric
  • 21Morata
  • 22Di María


Formation 5-4-1

  • 13Beto
  • 5Figueiras
  • 32MorenoBooked at 25mins
  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 6Carriço
  • 21Pareja
  • 17Samperio BustaraSubstituted forPerottiat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22MbiaBooked at 76mins
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forGameiroat 62'minutes
  • 11Rakitic
  • 20Machín PérezSubstituted forReyesat 83'minutes


  • 1Varas Herrera
  • 4Torres Ruiz
  • 10Perotti
  • 12Iborra
  • 18Gameiro
  • 19Reyes
  • 23Andújar Moreno
José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamSevilla
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 7, FC Sevilla 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 7, FC Sevilla 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Beto.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Booking

    Nicolás Pareja (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

  10. Post update

    Ivan Rakitic (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

  12. Post update

    Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Diogo Figueiras (FC Sevilla).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by José Antonio Reyes.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Sevilla. José Antonio Reyes replaces Vitolo.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María replaces Sami Khedira.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Vitolo (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 7, FC Sevilla 3. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 30th October 2013

As It Stood

2Atl Madrid109012671927
3Real Madrid1181227141325
5Ath Bilbao106131613319
9Real Sociedad113531312114
13Real Valladolid112541417-311
17Celta Vigo112361316-39
18Rayo Vallecano11308827-199
19Real Betis10226917-88
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