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Summary

  1. Zinedine Zidane wins first match in charge of Real Madrid
  2. Gareth Bale scores a hat-trick; Karim Benzema scores twice
  3. FT: Barcelona 4-0 Granada
  4. Lionel Messi nets three goals
  5. Barcelona go one point clear at the top of La Liga

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

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What a day. Barcelona score four to go top of La Liga thanks to a Lionel Messi hat-trick. Then Gareth Bale helped himself to a treble as Zinedine Zidane's first match in charge of Real Madrid ends in an emphatic 5-0 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna. Many thanks for your company. We're back at 19:00 GMT on Sunday with action from La Liga and Serie A. Until then... 

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Happy Zidane

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

Zidane: "Whenever you win a match the coach can only be happy, and I'm happy"

Roma & AC Milan draw

Roma 1-1 AC Milan

Juraj Kucka celebrates
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It's all over in Italy. Roma and AC Milan have drawn 1-1 - a result neither team wanted. Fifth-placed Roma, five points behind leaders Inter Milan having played one more game, have won just one in seven while AC Milan, in sixth, have won one in five. 

Top of the table

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

So, at the end of an absorbing day in La Liga the top of the table looks like this: Barcelona have 42 points from 18 games closely followed by Atletico Madrid one point behind after the same number of matches. Real Madrid, who have played 19, are third with 40 points.

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

More stats...apparently this is the biggest win for a Real Madrid coach in his first game since 1959. There will be bigger tests to come but take a bow Zinedine Zidane.

Over in Italy

Roma 1-1 AC Milan

They are still playing in Serie A where Juraj Kucka has equalised for AC Milan away to Roma in a match between two out-of-form teams. Around five minutes remaining.

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts
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Bale hat-trick, Benzema brace, Ronaldo no goals and looking frustrated. Wonder whether that proves a symbolic start to the Zidane era...

Next up for Zidane?

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

Struggling Sporting Gijon are the visitors to the Bernabeu on 17 January. Another five goals?

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#bbceurofooty Bale becoming more and more like Ronaldo in his prime with these headed goals. Just has to up it in the big games now!

#bbceurofooty LVG will be insane to think Madrid would ever let #bale leave considering his recent form in contrast with CR7's.

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

Different attitude, different atmosphere. Real Madrid looked like a different team to the one that laboured to three points against Real Sociedad last time out at the Bernabeu.

FULL-TIME

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

Gareth Bale applauds at full-time with the match ball
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Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid reign is off to a flying start.

Benzema nets his second

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

Karim Benzema smashes home after the ball falls at his feet when Cristiano Ronaldo loses possession following Dani Carvajal's run.

GOAL - Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema celebrates
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Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

One additional minute.

CLOSE!

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

Incredible miss by Deportivo. There's three blue and white shirts in and around Real's six yard box. They look nailed on to net a consolation but they over-play the ball and Pepe helps scramble clear.

Head and shoulders above the rest

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

6 – Gareth Bale has scored more headed goals than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season (6). Bonce.

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

Five more minutes for Deportivo to endure before their suffering is over.

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#bbceurofooty @GarethBale11 keeps these goals for Euro 2016 #togetherstronger

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

When was the last time Real Madrid scored four goals and Cristiano Ronaldo failed to find the net? He has another pop. It fizzes wide. This just isn't his night. 

CLOSE!

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

Chance for Deportivo! Toni Kroos is dispossessed in his own half and Luis Alberto tries his luck which Keylor Navas pushes away for a corner.  

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#Bale with another #HatTrick for #RealMadrid. He's been fantastic of late. Criticism of him is just stupid. #bbceurofooty

Brilliant from Bale & a great start for Zidane but it's the games against Barca & A Madrid which will make or break his reign! #bbceurofooty

Under Zidane, with Ronaldo starting to fall away ever so slightly, Bale could start to become the main man. He has the talent. #bbceurofooty

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

Gareth Bale shakes hands with Zinedine Zidane
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This is a night Gareth Bale will never forget. 

He goes off to a standing ovation, replaced by Jese. 

Bale's stats? Four shots, three on target, three goals.

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

No goals and no headlines for Cristiano Ronaldo this time but the Portuguese has still played his part in an emphatic team performance.

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

Still around 20 minutes remaining. Real in total command and hungry for more. This could get ugly for Deportivo.

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#bbceurofooty Incredi-BALE,what fantastic move,gala night for #zizou @bbcsport.

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

It's a big night for Zidane but an even bigger one for Bale. The Bernabeu crowd is singing his name - and deservedly so. Bale is back in favour...for now.

Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

That's 12 goals and nine assists this season in the league from Bale. James Rodríguez on for Isco now.

Gareth Bale becomes the first payer with two La Liga hat-tricks in 2015/16. #RMLiga

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As a spurs fan I'm delighted that bale is showing the fickle Madrid fans he's a gem #bbceurofooty

Bale gets his hat-trick

Real Madrid 4-0 Depotivo

Gareth Bale scores
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Anything Lionel Messi can do...

Sensational stuff from Gareth Bale as he secures a hat-trick in Zinedine Zidane's first match in charge. The Wales forward climbs above the Deportivo defence to bury a header in the net. 

GOAL - Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo

Gareth Bale hat-trick

Gareth Bale celebrates
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Real Madrid 3-0 Deportivo

Dani Carvajal is back on his feet after a crunching challenge leaves the Real defender in agony. 

As it stands

Real Madrid 3-0 Deportivo

La Liga table as it stand
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Real Madrid will remain third in the La Liga table even if they go on and win this - which is becoming increasingly likely by the minute. It will take them to 40 points, one behind Atletico Madrid who play at Celta Vigo on Sunday. Leaders Barcelona have 42 points.

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Great start for R.madrid.. But can they keep that new found momentum going week in week out? #bbceurofooty

#bbcsport #bbceurofooty manager is french in Zidane and the 1st goalscorer is french in Benzema. #FrenchinReal

Madrid lacks that balance Benitez is talking about. FCB will fancy their chances against RMFC #bbceurofooty

Real Madrid 3-0 Deportivo

Zinedine Zidane
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If Zinedine Zidane is delighted with what he is seeing from his new team then he is not showing it. The Real boss is showing no emotion in the dug out.

Bale bags a brace

Real Madrid 3-0 Deportivo

So often Gareth Bale has put goals on a plate for Cristiano Ronaldo but it is the other way round this time as the Portuguese picks out his team-mate who coolly picks his spot from the edge of the area. Fine goal.

GOAL - Real Madrid 3-0 Deportivo

Gareth Bale

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#bbceurofooty there may be goal party in the second half of the game @bbcsport

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

Ramos has been replaced by Raphael Varane at the start of the second half. Rumours that Ramos, who has been troubled by a shoulder problem, has suffered another injury.

KICK-OFF

Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

We're back under way but there is no Sergio Ramos.