Real Madrid heaped pressure on second-placed Atletico Madrid with a 3-0 win over Las Palmas on Saturday evening inside a sweltering
A moment of reflection for former Las Palmas man Jose Luis, who passed away earlier this week, preluded a balanced opening in which both sides created a handful of goalscoring opportunities.
The hosts arguably had the better of the early chances, with
Should be 1-0 Madrid tho – Bale with lovely cross around defence to Asensio, has time to pick spot but decent save by Chichizola
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) March 31, 2018
Bale’s 10th league goal in his 15th league start of the season.
— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) March 31, 2018
Despite continuing to increase their hold on the game as half-time approached, Zinedine Zidane’s men were unable to make their assured showing count and sought respite from the baking Gran Canaria sun with a healthy and deserved two-goal advantage.
Las Palmas 0-2 Real Madrid HT: So far, so good for Zidane’s men. Los Blancos haven’t stepped out of second gear and look certain to add to their deserved advantage. Las Palmas’ high defensive line against Madrid is asking for trouble, but Paco Jemez seems pretty set in his ways.
— Joe Owens (@jwpowens) March 31, 2018
Following the break, Las Palmas boss Paco Jemez’s decision to opt for a formational change did very little to counteract Real Madrid’s potent attacking threat as five minutes into the second half Bale had wrapped up all three points.
Again, Los Blancos found success from the penalty spot as the Welshman was caught while attempting an audacious attempt, allowing the out of favour attacker to double his haul for the day from 12 yards and record his 11th league goal of the campaign.
Bale leading this Real Madrid team in Cristiano’s absence just like 2016
— TheCristianoFan (@TheCristianoFan) March 31, 2018
After ending the encounter as a contest, Real Madrid had the opportunity to add some further glamour to the scoreline through Benzema, who was found unmarked inside the six-yard box.
However, the Frenchman’s inconsistent form in front of goal this season continued, with
There’s a little bit of Higuaín about Benzema at times. Brilliant one moment, awful the next. Plus he appears to have no luck whatsoever.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) March 31, 2018
As the full-time whistle encroached, it was Bale’s turn to spurn another clear opening, with the 28-year-old’s second touch while bearing down on goal in search for his hat-trick allowing the Las Palmas goalie to snuff out the danger with a smart stop.
But it was not to be for the Welshman, as Zidane and his men returned to Madrid with three goals and three points to heap the pressure onto