REPORT | 30/10/2013 | Alberto NavarroRonaldo's hat-trick and braces from Benzema and Bale, who also set up two, give the Whites victory over Sevilla in a match that will not soon be forgotten by the fans.
- Liga BBVA
- Matchday 11
The first goal of the match came nine minutes later. It was Isco again who started a counter attack that was continued by Benzema and finished in style by Bale. It was the Welshman's first goal in the Bernabéu, and later he had the chance to take two more, all with an assist from Benzema in the 17th and 21st minutes. His brace came at the third time of trying when free-kick hit Alberto Moreno in the wall, catching Beto off-guard.
Real Madrid were enjoying themselves and giving the fans something to smile about. It was a great match from the Whites in front of their home crowd. They had scored two goals in less than half an hour and could have pocketed several more, but they did not rest on their laurels, the goal third coming when the clock read 32. Isco was taken down by Fernando Navarro and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the resulting penalty.
It went from one unwarranted penalty to another, as Figueiras hit the ground in the box in a clash with Ramos in the 38th minute and Rakitic cut the deficit from twelve yards. Sevilla's response did not end there though and Bacca, two minutes later, made his finish look easy after a move from Vitolo on the left wing and then an assist from Jairo. There were five goals in a vibrant first half and everything was still to play for in the second.
After a frantic finish to the first half, the start of the second was not all that different. In fact, just one minute passed until Benzema could have scored a sizzler that won the approval of the Bernabéu faithful. Diego López was up to the task in a one-on-one with Jairo in the 53rd minute and it was the Madrid keeper again who started a counter that ended with the French striker whose subtle strike showed off his immense quality.
Bale produced the assist with his right foot to return the favour from the Frenchman in the first half of the match. Seven minutes later, a spectacular move from the Welshman on the right wing and another assist, again with the right, led Ronaldo to his team's fifth goal of the night.
It was a crazy match which barely allowed the spectators time to blink. They had already seen seven goals and there was half an hour left to play. Sevilla did not give up and they reduced the gap again through Rakitic in the 63rd minute. It was 5-3 when Xabi Alonso joined the party. The player from Tolosa was making his home debut this season and the fans gave him an ovation, but there were still more surprises to come.
Eight minutes later came the six goal for the home team after a stunning run from Ronaldo that ended in his third goal of the night. In the 73rd minute Sevilla were incorrectly given a penalty once more, which Rakitic missed. The home team's response came quickly and seven minutes later, Benzema headed home the seventh for a scoreline that was reminiscent of a bygone era. Fans at the Bernabéu relished in the spectacle put on by their team.