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18.01.2014 » Betis 0-5 Real Madrid. Ronaldo and company slam 5 without response

Cristiano Ronaldo overhead and bicycle kick, in Real Madrid 2014

There was not much Betis could have done against Real Madrid this Saturday afternoon and much less with the Merengues performing at their finest level. The visitors routed Betis by 0-5, with goals coming from all over the place. Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema, Di María and lastly Morata, all added their name to the scoresheet, as they secured another easy win for the Madrid side.

Real Madrid have easily cruised past Betis this Saturday, after pulling off an emphatic 0-5 win that temporarily puts them level with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on the top of the league. It was Cristiano Ronaldo who opened the door for Real Madrid's goal fest at the Benito Villamarín and he has done it with a powerful long-range strike, that basically left Betis' goalkeeper nailed on the floor. Goals from Gareth Bale, Benzema, Di María and Alvaro Morata followed up Ronaldo's masterpiece and the Merengues managed to also complete their 5th straight game without conceding a single goal. Next Tuesday, Real Madrid visits Espanyol, for the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Betis vs Real Madrid
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With another clean sheet completed this Saturday evening, Real Madrid is yet to concede their first goal in 2014. The team is looking more solid than ever before and Ancelotti seems to have finally found the perfect balance between the stability in defense and Real Madrid's characteristic high paced attacking football. Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric have been pivotal in the way this side has improved lately and even though it might sound harsh to say, the truth is that Sami Khedira's injury might have eased things in terms of forcing Ancelotti to play a more attractive type of football, as well as controlling opponents in a more dominant way.

Betis isn't exactly a side that is going through a good form lately. Carlos Garrido's men had lost the last two matches for both La Liga and the Copa del Rey, and are currently stuck at the bottom of the Spanish league, with only 11 points earned so far...

Therefore, it didn't come off as a big surprise to see Real Madrid taking the lead around the 10th minute of the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo picked up a short pass from Angel Di María in the center of the pitch, moved forward a few more meters at high speed and then released a rocket that only stopped after hitting the back of the net. The 28-year old forward made his presence felt very early in the game, but there were more players in blue waiting in line, eager to also do some damage to this weak Betis side.

The second goal of the game arrived near the 25th minute and this time the goalscorer was Gareth Bale. The former Tottenham winger converted his chance from a free-kick near the edge of the box and extended the lead to 2 goals. It's Bale's 8th league goal, his 10th for Real Madrid since he arrived to the club in August of 2013. The goalkeeper didn't move and it's true that he probably could have done more there...

Cristiano Ronaldo chases the ball

The third goalscorer in the game was Karim Benzema and it was far from being a meaningless goal for the French striker, since it was actually his 100th goal for Real Madrid. It all happened very near to the half-time, when Modric showcased all his technique and class when he drew to himself several Betis defenders, just before sending a short and low pass to Benzema. The France international was in a great position to go for goal and that's precisely what he has done there with a first-touch strike. With the 0-3 on the scoreboard and 45 minutes still left to be played in the second half, the 3 points were already virtually assured.

The slaughter at the Benito Villamarín wasn't over yet though and Real Madrid reached their 4th goal in the 61st minute, through another long-range shot, this time coming off Angel Di María's foot. The 25-year old winger took his chance from a bad clearance that followed a Modric's corner and struck the ball without hesitation to score his 3rd goal in La Liga this season. Even though he has been very criticized a lot over the last weeks, the Argentina international has already scored 8 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions and is only 1 goal short from matching his top goalscoring season ever in Spain.

The last goal of the game was the result of a quite peculiar moment. We were about to enter added time period in Sevilla when Marcelo sent over a long cross to the far post, probably looking for Cristiano Ronaldo's head. The former Manchester United player was in no position to head it as he would have wanted and therefore decided to perform a spectacular overhead kick. His shot turned out to result in a great assist to Alvaro Morata and the 21-year old forward didn't waste his golden opportunity to also stick one into the back of the net and establish the final score in 0-5. Real Madrid is now tied with Barça and Atletico Madrid in La Liga's top positions...

Cristiano Ronaldo goal in Betis 0-5 Real Madrid

Real Madrid line-up vs Betis:

Goalkeeper: Diego López
Defenders: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvajal
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Modric, Di María
Attackers: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Betis
vs
Real Madrid
0
Goals
5
15
Shots
8
7
Shots on goal
21
1
Corner kicks
12
18
Fouls commited
13
3
Yellow cards
1
0
Red cards
0
37%
Ball possession
63%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid will be against Espanyol, next Tuesday night, for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals (January 21, 2014). You can watch Espanyol vs Real Madrid, Levante vs Barcelona, Chelsea vs Manchester United and Swansea vs Tottenham, all matches provided from our soccer live section.

Real Madrid next game:
Espanyol vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (21-01-2014):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+7: 03:00
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-2: 18:00
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8: 12:00
Beijing (China) | GMT+8: 04:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / goal.com / bbc.com

Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebration against Betis

Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid, from a free-kick set piece

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata, in Real Madrid 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo rests against the goal post

Luka Modric setting up Benzema for his 100th goal for Real Madrid

Angel Di María Real Madrid 2014

Luka Modric and Angel Di María, in Real Madrid 2014

Real Madrid showing their team spirit

Alvaro Morata scores for Real Madrid with a black eye

Gareth Bale haircut and hairstyle Real Madrid 2014

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