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29.08.2015 » Real Madrid 5-0 Betis. James presents his case at the Bernabéu

James Rodríguez reaction after scoring for Real Madrid in 2015-16

Real Madrid has finally found the right path to scoring, as they've crushed Betis through a comfortable 5-0 scoreline. Cristiano Ronaldo didn't score tonight, but saw Bale and James Rodríguez scoring a brace each and Benzema netting his first goal of the season.

It took two games for Real Madrid to earn their first win in La Liga this season, but they seem to have made an extra effort in not coming out short in terms of scoring goals. The Merengues have beaten Betis 5-0 this Saturday night at the Bernabéu and will now go into the upcoming international break with a bit less pressure on their back than they had coming into this game. Despite the goalscoring fest, Cristiano Ronaldo's drought has now extended to a 2-game streak and it had to be James Rodríguez and Gareth Bale stepping up to deliver Ancelotti's his first win as a Real Madrid coach. The Colombian and the Welshman scored two goals each, but still had Benzema joining them on the scoreboard thanks to a good finish from the French striker in the beinning of the second half.

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It was the first time the BBC lined up in an official fixture this season and as expected, Madrid looked a lot more threatening in the attack than last season against Sporting Gijón. The Frenchman wouldn't be the only change from that league fixture 6 days ago though, since Rafael Benítez also decided to bring on James Rodríguez into the starting eleven and benching Isco in the process. The Colombian would end up proving he was worth the call, as he finished the game with two great goals and one assist.

The opener arrived quite early in the first half as it came down still before the 2nd minute had run off the game clock. The final pass was delivered by no other than James Rodríguez, who picked out Gareth Bale right in the heart of Betis' box, with his typical pinpoint precision. The former Tottenham star didn't waste such a good assist and easily headed the ball past the helpless Adán.

The 2-0 wouldn't come right after though and we had to wait until the 39th minute of the first half to see the Merengues celebrating again. This time however, James Rodríguez decided to took things on his own and scored a terrific free-kick near the left edge of his opponent box. His shot was very precise but also strong at the same time, a combination that usually leads to an unstoppable strike and a memorable goal. James has gotten us used to that already...

Cristiano Ronaldo heatmap and stats from SofaScore, in Real Madrid vs Betis, in August 2015

As the half-time arrived, only Betis' manager felt like he needed to do any changes in his team. Benítez let things rolling the way they were and he got rewarded just a few minutes after the game resumed. In what was a great passing play from Madrid near the right sideline, it ended up being Bale putting in the decisive cross for an easy header finish from Karim Benzema. The Frenchman scored his first goal in the league this season and he had much to thank for to Gareth Bale.

Just 3 minutes later, James Rodríguez would complete his brace and what a way he chose to display his technique and his special talent to score impressive goals. Toni Kroos had just gone for a low shot from outside the box, when James decided to try to control the ball with his right foot. Unexpectedly, the ball bounced a few meters above his head and the Colombian didn't hesitate in going for a bicycle kick. He may not had too much of an opposition near him and the distance to Betis goal was certainly short from where he was, but James executed the acrobatic move perfectly and put his team 4 goals up against a disorganized Betis side.

The last goal of the game would be Gareth Bale's second on the night, with the Welshman going for power and accuracy when he was running with the ball close to his feet still well outside Betis' box. Already playing in his new role, the 26-year old seems to have finally convinced some of his critics with a good performance at the Bernabéu and this long range goal tonight will certainly help easening some of the pressure that has been piling up on him for the past few weeks and months. As for Ronaldo, he had some good chances to score, but his anxiety levels appear to be a bit higher than normal and it might be affecting him in the decisive moments in front of goal. On SofaScore and as we can see in the graphism above, he finished the game with a 7.0 rating.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action in Real Madrid 4-0 Betis

Real Madrid line-up vs Betis:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Danilo
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, James Rodríguez
Attackers: Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

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kick-off time (07-09-2015):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
| UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:15
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 11:45

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Gareth Bale goal celebration in Real Madrid vs Betis, for La Liga 2015-2016

James Rodríguez free-kick goal in Real Madrid vs Betis

Bale being congratulated by his teammates after scoring a header for Real Madrid

Keylor Navas save, in Real Madrid vs Betis in 2015

James Rodríguez reaching out to Ronaldo to help him stand

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