Real Madrid record emphatic 5-0 win over Real Betis

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Real Madrid recorded an emphatic 5-0 home victory over Real Betis on Saturday as Rafael Benitez's team sought to impress after a lacking first appearance at Sporting Gijon on the opening weekend.

Scoring was opened and closed by Gareth Bale as James Rodriguez also claimed two hugely impress finishes and striker Karim Benzema also adding his name to proceedings. 

After Benitez's unimpressive opening game in charge the pressure was relieved on himself and Bale after 93 seconds as the Welshman scored instantly from a James cross meeting the ball with a stooping header centrally in the Betis box.

Three minutes later Ronaldo forced a strong save from Adan as one of the Portuguese's signature dipping free-kicks brought the goalkeeper into the action as Real made a quick cutting edge start to the game.

The next twenty minutes had seen the away side force themselves back into the occasion by seizing more control of the ball, opening up the game and forcing the Los Blancos defence to sweep up crosses through centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane.

Ronaldo almost doubled his sides advantage when he made a simple run past his man and drill a shot from an acute angle, only to be met with a spread Adan at his near post to keep the winger off the scoresheet.

Four minutes later Ronaldo was brought down on the right side of the Betis box with James taking the resulting free-kick and slamming home an emphatic set piece off of Adan's far post and into the net to give Real the two goal lead going into the interval.

Betis had a fantastic opportunity to get a goal back three minutes before half time as Francisco Molinero found himself through the heart of the Real defence playing a square ball into forward Ruben Castro who fumbled multiple touches on the ball before Keylor Navas smothered the ball.

Second half

The second half began in similar vein to the first as Los Blancos fired two more goals in five minutes for a four goal lead.

The first on 47 minutes saw some quick interchanges play Bale behind the defence on the right side with his looping cross met with a diving header from Benzema.

The next goal moments later saw a failed clearance fall to Toni Kroos as he fired a ball back into the feet of James on the centre of the six yard box with the Colombian flicking the ball up over his head and slamming in his second of the night past a helpless Adan.

With thirty minutes to go Pepe Mel's side were rewarded a light-hearted penalty as Varane tangled with Jorge Molina on the edge of the Real box.

The resulting spot kick saw Navas save Castro's tame attempt with a dive down to his left denying the Spaniard.

The 75th minute saw the Santiago Bernabeu introduction to new midfield signing Mateo Kovacic as the 21-year-old Croatian replaced fellow compatriot Luka Modric.

Ramos almost saw his name on the score-sheet in spectacular fashion as a far-post Casemiro cross was met by the Spaniards overhead kick with only the woodwork denying the centre-back his goal.

Ten minutes later brought the wrapping up of the match as the Welshman Bale struck a thunderous 35 yard shot which swerved into the base of the left side post and into the net to top off a good nights work for Madrid as they bested a deflated Real Betis could not wait long enough for the games' final whistle.

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