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09.01.2016 » Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo. Zidane debuts with a clear victory

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale hug each other in Real Madrid, in 2016

It was Zidane's debut as Real Madrid's first team manager and the Frenchman didn't disappoint the Madridistas at the Bernabéu, as the hosts ran over Deportivo with a clear 5-0 win. Ronaldo didn't score tonight, but Benzema with a brance and Bale with a hat-trick secured the 3 points for Madrid.

There was much anticipation about Zinedine Zidane's first game on the bench as Real Madrid manager and the Merengues presented a packed a Bernabéu with a 5-0 win over Deportivo de la Coruña. It's obviously still too soon to draw any conclusions about the new ideas the Frenchman will try to implement in this team, but most of the players on the pitch did seem a bit more invigorated and with a better attitude than the one they were showing under Benítez's orders. Cristiano Ronaldo may have skipped the scoresheet despite his many attempts to hit the back of the net, but Gareth Bale with a hat-trick and Benzema with another two goals to his oersonal tally made sure the night would be a celebration...

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Real Madrid vs Deportivo
Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo
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Zinedine Zidane's much-anticipated debut as Real Madrid's head coach was a resounding success, as Real Madrid romped to a 5-0 victory over Deportivo at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight. Gareth Bale continued his impressive run of form with a hat-trick and a double by Karim Benzema was all Madrid needed to record perhaps the most impressive 90 minutes of the season so far by Los Blancos.

With Isco and Carvajal back in the lineup, Real Madrid had a different look than they have had under Rafa Benitez. Both players, Isco due to tactical decisions and Carvajal due to his injuries, have seen limited playing time this season, but with Zizou at the helm, they were both given a chance to start today.

It only took 15 minutes for Madrid to make their mark and it came in the form of a somewhat controversial strike by Karim Benzema. A Sergio Ramos volley fell at the feet of the Frenchman, who redirected it into the goal with the back of his heel. There were sounds of offside (many believed that Bale had in fact obscured the keeper's vision), but the goal stood.

SofaScore player rating - Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo, in January of 2016

There was no mistake seven minutes later however, as a Dani Carvajal cross met the head of Bale in the box. The Welshman's well-placed header put Madrid up 2-0. Bale's second would come early in the second half, after an accurate pass from Ronaldo and his hat-trick would come in the 63rd minute, on another header this time from a Toni Kroos corner.

Karim Benzema would round out the scoring at 5-0 in the last minute and this last goal would be come off a Cristiano Ronaldo failed ball-control inside the box. The ball ricocheted off his heel and found an onrushing Benzema, who then smashed the ball in off the crossbar. Speaking of Ronaldo, the Portuguese star was very involved all night long, but struggled to hit the target today. We've seen many more game like this recently as he's getting older. Visibly frustrated, he just couldn't seem to find the back of the net.

All in all, it was a fantastic start for Zidane, and even though it remains to be seen what his vision for the squad truly is, he couldn't have gotten off to a better start. Still, many teams usually receive a huge boost when a new manager is introduced, it will take a little more time to truly tell if he is the long-term solution for Real Madrid's in their quest for the much-wanted titles...

Author: Terrance Ross

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Real Madrid line-up vs Deportivo:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Isco
Attackers: Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

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Cristiano Ronaldo next game will be for Real Madrid in La Liga on the 17th of January of 2016, against Sporting Gijón. You can watch Juventus live stream, Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijón, Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid, Chelsea vs Scunthorpe United, Tottenham vs Leicester City, and Oxford United vs Swansea City, all matches provided from our live football and soccer game pages.

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kick-off time (17-01-2016):

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