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...
- Zinedine Zidane wins first match in charge of Real Madrid
- Gareth Bale scores a hat-trick; Karim Benzema scores twice
- FT: Barcelona 4-0 Granada
- Lionel Messi nets three goals
- Barcelona go one point clear at the top of La Liga
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.
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.
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.
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.
Struggling Sporting Gijon are the visitors to the Bernabeu on 17 January. Another five goals?
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.
Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid reign is off to a flying start.
Karim Benzema smashes home after the ball falls at his feet when Cristiano Ronaldo loses possession following Dani Carvajal's run.
One additional minute.
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.
Five more minutes for Deportivo to endure before their suffering is over.
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.
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.
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.
No goals and no headlines for Cristiano Ronaldo this time but the Portuguese has still played his part in an emphatic team performance.
Still around 20 minutes remaining. Real in total command and hungry for more. This could get ugly for 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.
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.
Dani Carvajal is back on his feet after a crunching challenge leaves the Real defender in agony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're back under way but there is no Sergio Ramos.