BALE'S MAN FOR ZIDANE; Gareth Hits Treble as Zizou Makes Bow as Real Boss

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BALE'S MAN FOR ZIDANE; Gareth Hits Treble as Zizou Makes Bow as Real Boss


Byline: Paul Watson

Gareth Bale bagged a brilliant treble as Zinedine Zidane got off to a flying start as Real Madrid boss with a 5-0 rout of Deportivo La Coruna.

The Frenchman replaced Rafa Benitez last week and was given a hero's welcome by his adoring fans at the Bernabeu.

And the team responded in style, with Karim Benzema opening the scoring with a backheel flick in 15 minutes.

Bale added a second seven minutes later when he headed in Dani Carvajal's cross.

The Wales winger was in top form and stretched the lead four minutes into the second half from Cristiano Ronaldo's cross.

The world's most expensive player completed his hat-trick in 63 minutes with another fine header. Benzema then crashed home a shot in added time to cap it off.

Not to be outdone, Lionel Messi warmed up for tomorrow's Ballon d'Or ceremony by scoring his 25th league hat-trick as Barcelona battered Granada 4-0. The Argentine netted twice in the opening quarter of an hour and completed his treble after the break. Neymar then got on the scoresheet late on to seal it.

Victory sent Luis Enrique's side one point ahead of Atletico Madrid at the summit but the Rojiblancos can leap above them with a win over Celta Vigo tonight.

Messi broke the deadlock in just eight minutes when he played in Arda Turan before netting from the return pass. …

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