Real Madrid returned to winning ways as they beat Las Palmas 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday to move up to third in the La Liga standings.
Real Madrid 3 Las Palmas 0
- Benzema misses early chance
- Casemiro heads Real in front
- Asensio screamer doubles lead
- Isco seals comfortable win
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane was looking for a response after his side suffered back-to-back defeats against Girona and Tottenham, and he got one as Casemiro broke the deadlock in the closing stages of the first half, before second-half goals from Marco Asensio and Isco sealed victory.
The hosts bossed proceedings and almost made a flying start when Cristiano Ronaldo released Karim Benzema through on goal in the fourth minute, but the French striker was unable to beat Raul Lizoain one-on-one.
Lizoain was called into action again a minute later, although Asensio’s header from Isco’s cross left the keeper with a routine save.
Kiko Casilla was tested in the 12 minute as the visitors launched a counter-attack, with Vitolo’s strike from inside the area gathered by the keeper at the second attempt.
Ronaldo wasn’t far away from opening the scoring on 17 minutes when he controlled Sergio Ramos’ delivery into the box and hit a shot on the turn that went just wide of the left post.
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The Portuguese forward went even closer 11 minutes later as he received the ball on the right from Toni Kroos and cut onto his left foot before striking the outside of the left post with a curling effort from 18 yards out.
Real kept knocking on the door with Nacho seeing his shot deflected wide after Marcelo’s cross was cleared out to him in the 32nd minute, before Asensio fired over from the resulting corner.
Lizoain was fortunate to see Ronaldo steer a header straight at him from Marcelo’s cross on 35 minutes, while the Brazilian left-back flashed an effort wide of the left post on the half-volley from 19 yards out three minutes later.
Las Palmas were finally breached four minutes before half-time as Casemiro steered a header back across the keeper at the far post from a corner that was touched on at the near post.
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Los Blancos went on the attack from the restart and their efforts were rewarded on 56 minutes when Asensio sent a thunderbolt into the top-left corner of the net from 25 yards out, after a free-kick had been punch clear by Lizoain.
Marcelo went for the spectacular on the hour mark as he connected with Isco’s dinked pass from the left, but his shot sliced wide of the left post.
A blistering counter from the capital club on 74 minutes wrapped up the win, with Ronaldo unselfishly crossing for Isco to score from an unmarked position inside the box.
Ronaldo would finish the game without a goal as he missed the target again in the 78th minute after being played through on goal by Marcos Llorente, while Casilla preserved his clean sheet with a late save to deny Jonathan Calleri, who had sprung the offside trap.