Real Whitewash Betis 5-0 In La Liga

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez both scored twice as Rafael Benitez enjoyed an emphatic 5-0 win over Real Betis in his first home game as Real Madrid coach.

Bale headed Madrid in front from a second-minute Rodriguez cross and completed the scoring with a superb long-range strike a minute from time.

Rodriguez scored a stunning first-half free-kick and also netted with an overhead kick after Karim Benzema’s header had made it 3-0.

Former Liverpool coach Benitez needed an impressive performance after his first game in charge brought only a 0-0 draw at Sporting Gijon.

And his new side delivered it after Bale’s early strike immediately had removed any pressure.

The only surprise of the night was that Cristiano Ronaldo did not get on the score sheet.

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