Gareth Bale has given his stuttering Real Madrid career a shot in the arm with his first goals at the Bernebeu against Sevilla.
The Welsh superstar had, until now, failed to set La Liga alight following his £86million summer move from Tottenham.
But Bale curled one in the top corner from inside the penalty after 14 minutes of the clash to thrill the home crowds and then doubled his side’s lead with a deflected free-kick.
A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty made it 3-0 but the visitors fought back to leave the score 3-2 with the first half not even over.
Bale then assisted a goal each for Ronaldo and Benzema to make it 5-3, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick and Benzema added another.
The result comes as good news for ex-Spurs man Bale, who has been under increasing pressure to deliver with a host of former Madrid players and legends speaking in the media about his struggling start to life at the club.
However, with his goals, he will now have likely bought himself some time among the doubters – and will hope they can be a springboard to a successful season.
Bale is seen as a crucial man for Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti keen to build a settled side ahead of a big push in both the league and Champions League in the coming months.
source: metro UK