Marco Asensio a doubt for Zidane — Real Madrid-Alavés

Not necessarily because of his two goals, both of which were fine finishes, but more so the way he surrendered the chance for a hat-trick by allowing Benzema to take a late penalty. From then on, it was complete dominance from the Spanish and European champions.

But the Portugal handed the ball to Benzema when Bale was fouled in the area in the closing seconds.

And Benzema applied the finishing touches in stoppage time, scoring from the spot.

Real make five changes from Wednesday's weakened team who beat Leganes 3-1.

And Spanish website Don Balon say that, in the aftermath of Zidane's decision to omit him, Asensio has dropped a Chelsea bombshell on Isco.

Leading the line for Alaves against Madrid will be former Manchester City striker John Guidetti alongside Ruben Sobrino who is expected to come in for the suspended Munir. Subs - Gomez 5, Burgui 5, Medran 5.

Reports in Spain claimed this week that Bale has "run out of credit" at the Bernabeu, but he nearly answered his doubters with an audacious overhead kick which went just wide. That was very, very close to being a sensational goal.

The Frenchman won the ball back in midfield and tore towards goal, slipping it into Bale's path for the Wales worldwide to slot it inside the near post.

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Up top, Zidane will bring back Cristiano Ronaldo after giving the Portuguese talisman a break in the midweek.

The Frenchman had Ronaldo and Bale charging forwards to his right and left. Alaves were caught out in possession and Real Madrid made them pay for it. Benzema set up both Ronaldo's opener and a quick second goal by Bale to put the result beyond doubt seconds after halftime.

Though, one person has told Neymar that he must open his eyes and join Real Madrid at some point.

"I think he stays at Real Madrid".

"That comes with recovering confidence, which is fundamental for a player". He sliced through the Alaves defence and forced the shot past Pacheco, but it's hacked off the line.

Los Blancos smashed four past Alaves in a 4-0 victory at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon, extending their winning streak to a fifth match in all competitions - their best-such run in an inconsistent campaign to date.

But the 30-year-old responded to that setback by creating Ronaldo's 44th-minute opener with a cute backheel and laying on Gareth Bale's strike within half a minute of the restart.

  • Regina Holmes