Bale still important to Madrid, insists Zidane

Forward Gareth Bale is said to be on his way out of Real Madrid according to reports in Spain

The win continues Madrid's recent upturn in form and performances and gives a boost to the Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema attacking trip with Ronaldo and Bale both scoring and Benzema giving two assists and netting a late penalty.

"Football is a team game and that was a nice gesture, offering it to Karim". Over their last seven matches, Real has scored an absurd 26 goals.

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Real Madrid: Keylor Navas (7 out of 10), Dani Carvajal (7), Raphael Varane (7), Nacho Fernandez (6), Theo Hernandez (6), Lucas Vazquez (8), Casemiro (7), Mateo Kovacic (6), Gareth Bale (7), Karim Benzema (8), Cristiano Ronaldo (8). The most important thing is the atmosphere in the dressing room.

The victory moved the champions within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid. Bale plays the ball out to Lucas, who lays it off to Ronaldo, who makes no mistake in sweeping home a first time finish with his right foot.

Benzema was also the catalyst for Real's second goal which came under a minute into the second half. The 28-year old Bale has not been able to find the net in his last six appearances and has been left out of the starting XI by Zidane in three of their last four matches.

Real Madrid sit third in La Liga, 14 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Zidane's resurgent side have now won six games in a row in all competitions.

Alaves have been in good form coming into the game, but they are facing Real Madrid at a time when they are finally hitting their strides, following some impressive results over the past few weeks.

Benzema set up Ronaldo's opening goal and later the Portuguese allowed the Frenchman to take a penalty.

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez, meanwhile, combined to condemn Eibar to back-to-back La Liga defeats as Celta Vigo eased themselves into seventh place in the table with a 2-0 win.

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