Real Madrid v Alaves - Bale on scoresheet

But while Bale and his "BBC" counterparts Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all found the net in this scintillating win, the Welshman played in a different role as Zidane tinkered with his side's shape ahead of the second leg of their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

It took Zinedine Zidane's side until a minute before half time to make the breakthrough, with Ronaldo firing home after a clever backheel flick from Benzema. "This proves that between them, there is a good atmosphere, a good relationship, and to win and continue what we're doing, it's super important".

Reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid will be hoping to pick up all three points when they go head to head against Deportivo Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

"Confidence returns from playing these kinds of matches", Zidane added.

"After our game against PSG, we have been doing much better", he told reporters.

"They have played a good match, as did Lucas (Vazquez)".

The lead was doubled shortly after the break as Benzema turned provider once again, picking out Bale, who sent a clinical low strike past Pacheco. The Portugal forward has now scored eight goals in his past four Real appearances, and 299 in the Spanish top flight.

There is always pressure when you are Real Madrid's No. 9, he is used to that.

Having heard his team-mate jeered earlier in the contest, the Portugal worldwide then selflessly let Benzema convert an 89th-minute penalty after Victor Laguardia brought down a marauding Bale.

Ronaldo has been having no such problems in front of goal, though, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor wrapped up the points just after the hour mark.

Ronaldo struck Real's third goal of the day and his 299th in La Liga in the 61st minute, meeting a cutback from in-form winger Lucas Vazquez first time and sending it under the reach of former Real goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.

Luis Suarez scored a hat trick as leaders Barcelona beat Girona 6-1 to extend their unbeaten league run to a club-record 32 games.

  • Steve Townsend