Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all score in first half against Sporting Gijon

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Real Madrid are running riot in the first half of their clash against Sporting Gijon - scoring no less than five goals in the first 40 minutes to continue their scintillating form under new boss Zinedine Zidane.

Madrid have managed an incredible 10 goals in Zidane's first three halves of football since he took over from Rafa Benitez, and their game against Gijon was pretty much done after 12 minutes.

Gareth Bale opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a header - his seventh of the season - before Ronaldo doubled the lead just two minutes later.

Karim Benzema ensured that the full 'BBC' were on the scoresheet with 12 minutes gone. Ronaldo swept home a quick break before Benzema added a fifth before the half-time whistle.

The only downside of an eye-catching first half was the injury picked up by Bale on the stroke of half-time. There has been no indication over its severity, however he has been taken off for Jese and is set to undergo tests for a muscle problem on Tuesday.

Madrid, as ever, are chasing hot on the heels of Barcelona in La Liga ,with two points separating the clubs at the start of the day.

Of course, fans of the Spanish club took to Twitter to express their surprise and delight at the first half performance - and you can check out the best tweets and a selection of the goals below. Both sides trail Atletico Madrid at the top of the table although Diego Simeone's side have played a game more.

Real Madrid are looking for some positive news in a week where they were handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA for the illegal transfer of under-age players.

They're still able to sign players in the current window before the ban kicks in, and they've been linked with another move for Manchester United's David de Gea this morning.

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