It is a good job for Julen Lopetegui that his aspect are firing at one finish as a result of they’re flapping on the different. They struggled defensively within the first half and wanted Keylor Navas – nonetheless holding Thibaut Courtois out of the crew – to avoid wasting them a number of instances within the second interval.
Actual Madrid ahead Gareth Bale scored in his sixth successive league sport to take his profession whole to 150 objectives
His box-office third of the match was his 150th membership aim and killed off Girona on the Montilivi stadium on Sunday night time
Girona (4-3-3): Bono; Porro (Aday 79), Bernardo, Juanpe, Muniesa; Pere Pons (Aleix Garcia 71), Timor, Granell; Portu, Lozano (Stuani 58), Borja Garcia
Unused subs: Iraizoz, Alcala, Roberts, Paik
Purpose: Borja Garcia 17
Bookings: Porro 33, Muniesa 63
Actual Madrid (4-2-3-1): Navas; Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo (Varane 61); Kroos, Casemiro; Bale (Vazquez 87), Isco (Modric 77), Asensio; Benzema
Unused subs: Courtois, Mayoral, Llorente, Ceballos
Objectives: Sergio Ramos 39 pen, Benzema 52 pen, 80, Bale 59
Bookings: Carvajal 65, Benzema 86, Vazquez 88
It was a cushty win in the long run, as Bale arrange Benzema for the fourth of the sport and the Frenchman’s second.
Girona burst out of the blocks with a bodily strategy that languid Madrid failed to deal with. Actual created probabilities with Bale organising Benzema for a aim that was flagged offside however Girona had been operating in behind and it was no shock once they took the lead.
Lozano acquired the higher of Casemiro and fired a shot goalwards that Nacho cleared to the sting of the realm the place Borja Garcia was fully unmarked.
He formed to shoot on his left foot and each Casemiro and Keylor Navas threw themselves to the bottom in an try to dam the shot however Garcia did not pull the set off as an alternative turning again on to his proper foot, and with Casemiro and Navas nonetheless flailing, smashed the ball in off the within angle of publish and bar.
One in every of La Liga’s smallest arenas erupted. There had been an awesome noise bouncing off the roof of the principle stand since kick-off. The total home had seen their crew beat Madrid final season. Now they had been forward once more.
Actual Madrid had been a large number on the again with Portu’s sturdy operating inflicting huge issues for Ramos and Marcelo. There was little or no assist coming from Madrid’s limp midfield. Isco despatched a stray move previous Casemiro and Girona had been in once more.
Borja Garcia put the house aspect forward with a medical strike after good work down the fitting by Anthony Lozano
The Girona midfielder held his nerve to lash a shot into the highest nook and put the house aspect forward within the 17th minute
Garcia didn’t need to rejoice as mark of respect as he performed for Actual Madrid’s reserve crew between 2012 and 2015
Madrid had been awarded a penalty simply earlier than half-time after Marco Asensio was clipped by defender Marc Muneisa
Replays confirmed Asensio went down theatrically within the field however the VAR officers had been pleased with the award of the penalty
Captain Sergio Ramos chipped his spot kick into the roof of the online to degree for the guests simply earlier than half-time
Bale was Madrid’s finest participant going ahead and he muscled his strategy to the byline, however when he rolled it again to Kroos the German’s shot went vast.
Madrid didn’t seem like getting again into the sport earlier than the break however then former Barcelona and Stoke defender Muniesa threw them a lifeline when he introduced down Marco Asensio eight minutes earlier than the break.
Ramos stepped as much as take the penalty and after a number of drops of the shoulder in a staggered run up, he dinked a Panenka-style kick just below the crossbar to make it 1-1.
It was one other penalty that put Actual in entrance. This time rifled into the nook by Benzema after Pere Pons had naively introduced down Asensio. Girona had been nonetheless a menace on the break and Navas raced out of his space to stop Portu from leveling. Navas is set to make Courtois battle for his place.
Karim Benzema made it 2-1 from the penalty spot within the 52nd minute and the striker grabbed his second to seal victory
On the hour Bale completed it and Navas had an element within the build-up. He discovered Isco with a intelligent throw and the midfielder noticed Bale’s cost ahead.
His move was good and so was Bale’s first contact getting him in entrance of Muniesa. His second contact acquired the ball out from beneath his ft and with the third contact he side-footed his end previous Girona keeper Bono.
Bale made the fourth for Benzema, crossing from the left for the centre-forward who had time to show within the six-yard field earlier than ending. These two have promised to get the objectives that Ronaldo has been scoring at Madrid for the final 9 years. To this point they’re holding their phrase.
New signing Thibaut Courtois was surprisingly named among the many substitutes for the second successive sport
Keylor Navas began in aim for Actual Madrid regardless of £38million signing Courtois being ‘prepared’ to make his debut