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26 February 2018, 09:22 | Rose Hansen
Zidane is also keen to repair his relationship with Dani Ceballos after his irritation in mid-week
Real Madrid will look to make it five wins in a row in all competitions, when they take on Alaves on Saturday. "In the first half we had done pretty well but the second goal so soon killed us".
Cristiano Ronaldo passed up the chance to complete a hat-trick and allowed Karim Benzema to wrap up a 4-0 win over Alaves with a late penalty as Real Madrid's "BBC" reunited to fine effect.
Benzema used a subtle touch with the back of his heel to leave Ronaldo in position to drill the hosts' first goal into the net in the 44th minute. Benzema laid off for Bale to fire past goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.
Ronaldo netted his second of the game just past the hour with a low drive from close to the penalty spot after a low pass from Lucas Vazquez.
The much-maligned Frenchman also had a hand in Madrid's second goal, teeing to Gareth Bale after Alaves lost the ball nearly directly from the kick off.
He added another goal six minutes later with a superbly struck free kick that he sent low under the players in the defensive barrier when they jumped, anticipating he would try to shoot overhead.
Besides scoring and generating a penalty, the Wales worldwide went close to a second goal in the 54th when he curled a long strike that grazed the top of the bar. "I am happy for all of it - another four goals, a clean sheet, all that we did", Zidane said after the game. "Playing with a 4-4-2 with Bale on the left worked well because Alexis (Ruano) couldn't join in attack".
Alaves briefly threatened to pull a goal back through Ruben Sobrino but Navas saved that and Madrid then moved up through the gears.
Real are third in the standings on 51 points, 11 behind leaders Barcelona and four from Atletico, who can widen the gap back to seven when they visit Sevilla on Sunday. It was the French striker who created the opportunity with a clever backheel flick and Ronaldo wanted to highlight his contribution to the home crowd, who up until that point had been whistled. Toni Kroos, Marcelo, and Luka Modric are all expected to miss Saturday's game.
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