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Zinedine Zidane: Physical issues keep Gareth Bale on bench

26 February 2018, 09:23 | Donald Newman

Bale only featured for the last 14 minutes of Real's win against Leganes during the week

Bale only featured for the last 14 minutes of Real's win against Leganes during the week

Benzema set up Ronaldo's opening goal against Alaves with a stylish backheel and the first thing Real's all-time top scorer did after finding the net was to point towards Benzema, appearing to ask the supporters to show him more respect.

Gareth Bale has been going through a rough patch this season, especially in recent weeks as Zinedine Zidane has opted not to play the winger. A year ago it was the same, we had some games when we scored in the last minute.

Ruano had Alaves' best opportunity in the final seconds of the first half after Ronaldo scored, only for goalie Keylor Navas to block his effort.

Barcelona sit 10 points clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, who face Sevilla on Sunday.

Real Madrid - Navas 6, Nacho 6, Varane 5, Carvajal 6, Theo 8, Kovacic 6, Casemiro 6, Bale 8, Lucas 9, Benzema 8, Ronaldo 9. That has led to calls for others like Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Marco Asensio to take their place.

The Frenchman was then handed the responsibility of dispatching a penalty won by Gareth Bale in the dying moments of the game, and Benzema effortlessly found the back of the net to end a fabulous performance - One that is bound to boost his confidence ahead of the last stretch of the season.

"Cristiano Ronaldo showed this with his lovely gesture to let Benzema take the penalty". He ran onto Lucas Vazquez's pass to slot home his 13th goal in his last seven games in all competitions, including the vital two in last week's Champions League first-leg win over PSG.

Chelsea are reluctant to let the Belgian leave without a fight, but they could allow him to depart should Asensio move in the opposite direction. "This proves that between them, there is a good atmosphere, a good relationship, and to win and continue what we're doing, it's super important". Only Barcelona's Lionel Messi with 20 and Luis Suarez with 16 have matched or outscored the Celta pair.

Relegation-threatened Las Palmas scraped a point from drawing with Leganes 0-0 to inch its way toward safety.

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