REPORT | 30/11/2013 | Alberto NavarroThe three goals from the Welshman, who also set up Benzema for the second, led to victory over Valladolid to finish off a fantastic November.
- Liga BBVA
- Matchday 15
The chance created by Di María in the 6th minute was much clearer. The Argentinian brought the ball under his spell outside the box and produced a volley that rattled the crossbar and rebounded onto the turf. The stunning shot was worthy of a goal. Five minutes later it was Ramos again who could have scored after a delightful one-two between Isco and Xabi Alonso, but the defender, who was very present in the attack, shot over the bar. The home team deserved to have scored.
Before the clock had reached 30 minutes a new wave of chances fell to Real Madrid. Benzema had the first in the 28th minute. The Frenchman brought down the ball on the edge of the box, but his shot did not swerve enough to find its target. Two minutes later Di María had a great opportunity, but Mariño came out on top of their one-on-one.
Soon afterwards Bale started to command the match and he firmly tipped it in Madrid's favour with two practically consecutive moves. He proved his ability in front of goal in the 33rd minute as he headed the ball into the back of the net. The goal came after a clearance from the keeper following a surprise strike from Di María, who feigned a cross before taking a pop. Three minutes later, the Welshman noticed an unmarked Benzema and whipped in a cross that the Frenchman converted with his head. The first goal took its time coming, but when it did, the floodgates opened.
It was a similar story in the second half. In fact, after just one minute, Modric could have made it three with a shot from the edge of the box that whistled past the visitors' goal. Real Madrid had possession and enjoyed the best chances in front of goal, while Valladolid, despite being behind, continued to sit back.
The first shot at the away team's goal, which came in the 54th minute, set the scene for the rest of the match. Everything indicated that the third goal was just around the corner and it came through Benzema when the clock read 60, but the referee disallowed it because of a highly debatable Carvajal offside. Bale, however, had more luck four minutes later. The Welshman scored his second goal of the night after latching on to a cross from Marcelo.
The addition of Jesé and Morata breathed new life into the team and the latter could have found the net with a shot across the goal in the 83rd minute, but a superb Mariño was up to the task. Bale was on hand again in the last minute to seal his first hat-trick in a Madrid shirt after combining with Marcelo once more. The result ends a brilliant November in which Real Madrid were unbeaten, winning five of their six matches.