Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves: 5 Talking Points
Final scoreline: Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves
Goalscorers: Cristiano Ronaldo 44', 61' (Real Madrid), Gareth Bale 46' (Real Madrid), Karim Benzema 89' (Real Madrid)
The mighty Los Blancos continued with their merry winning ways, after putting Alaves away rather emphatically with a 4-0 scoreline. The hosts won their 5th consecutive game in all competitions - the first time they've achieved that this season - and their 4th consecutive game in La Liga -the second time they've achieved that this season.
Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo appropriately led the charge as he scored an important brace, to take his season's league tally to 14 goals - just 6 behind leader and arch-rival Lionel Messi.
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema also found themselves on the scoresheet, to further enhance the importance of Real Madrid's current winning run, highlighting that they may well be back to their best.
Without further ado, here's a look at the 5 key talking points from the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu:
#5 Is this the start of a turnaround to Karim Benzema's season?
After struggling for the most part of the ongoing season, Karim Benzema finally seemed to be returning to his best against Alaves, as he got two crucial assists and a goal. Having been booed regularly by Real Madrid fans this season, the Frenchman finally put up a performance that validated his presence in the side.
Despite missing his own chances to put himself on the scoresheet in the first half, he first set up Cristiano Ronaldo in the 44th minute of the game with an excellent back-heel, before assisting Gareth Bale in the 46th minute to help double Los Blancos' lead.
The Frenchman was then handed the responsibility of dispatching a penalty won by Gareth Bale in the dying moments of the game, and Benzema effortlessly found the back of the net to end a fabulous performance - One that is bound to boost his confidence ahead of the last stretch of the season.