Gareth Bale scores twice as Real Madrid swat aside Le­ganés

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A first-half dou­ble from Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid ce­ment their po­si­tion at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at home to Le­ganés.

Reel­ing from a chaotic mid­week 3-3 draw at Le­gia War­saw in the Cham­pi­ons League, Real got off to a slow start against their neigh­bours Le­ganés but Bale put them in charge in the 38th minute.

The Wales international, who net­ted a sensational half vol­ley against Le­gia, raced on to a through ball from Isco that split the vis­it­ing de­fence and rounded goal­keeper Jon Ser­antes to tuck the ball in­side the near post from a tight an­gle.

Bale then cashed in on poor de­fend­ing from a free-kick to hit the sec­ond on the stroke of halftime, just beat­ing Ser­antes to the

Yes­ter­day Real Madrid-Le­ganes ....................... 3-0 Celta Vigo-Va­len­cia .......................... 2-1 Es­panyol-Ath Bil­bao ........................ 0-0 Vil­lar­real-Betis ................................. 2-0 Sevilla-Barcelona ............................. 1-2

Stand­ings

Real Madrid 11 Barcelona 11 Vil­lar­real 11 Atl. Madrid 11 Sevilla 11 Real So­ciedad 11 Ath Bil­bao 11 Celta Vigo 11 Las Pal­mas 11 Malaga 11 Eibar 11 Alaves 11 Es­panyol 11 Betis 11 Va­len­cia 11 Dep. La Coruna11 Le­ganes 11 Gi­jon 11 Osasuna 11 Granada CF 11 8 8 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 2 3 3 2 3 2 1 0 3 1 4 3 3 1 2 2 4 3 3 4 6 2 1 4 1 3 4 4 0 31 10 27 2 32213 25 1 19 7 22 2 25 8 21 2 19 15 21 4 18 12 19 4 15 13 17 4 18 21 17 3 21 18 16 4 17 16 15 4 16 15 15 4 11 15 13 3 13 17 12 6 11 22 11 7 15 21 10 5 816 10 7 922 10 6 10 22 9 6 12 21 7 7 9 25 4

loose ball from close range. Real’s Spain striker Ál­varo Mo­rata, stand­ing in for the in­jured Karim Ben­zema, rounded off the win in the 76th minute.

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