Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid4Almería0

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
  • 5da Silva 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Almería 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Almería 0.

  3. Post update

    Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Diego Llorente (Real Madrid).

  7. Post update

    Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Tébar (Almería).

  10. 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.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Verza (Almería).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Diego Llorente (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mané (Almería).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Aleix Vidal (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.

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