Gareth Bale scores brace as Real Madrid defeat Las Palmas

Gareth Bale scores brace as Real Madrid defeat Las Palmas

- Real Madrid defeat Las Palmas by 3-0 in a La Liga match

- Zinedine Zidane's side were without several key players

- Los Blancos will face Juventus in the Champions League

Real Madrid had a comfortable 3-0 victory against Las Palmas in a La Liga match played on Saturday at the Estadio de Gran Canaria.

The relegation-threatened side gave Los Blancos an early scare form an Alen Halilovic's left-foot shot which was dealt with by Keylor Navas in goal.

Real got into gear after Luka Modric found Gareth Bale free on the left flank as the Welshman raced into the box to drive-in a shot giving Chichitola no chance in goal. It was 1-0 to Madrid.

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A contentious penalty was awarded to Zinedine Zidane's side after Lucas Vasquez was adjudged to have been brought down in the box.

Karim Benzema converted the spot-kick in his 400th match for Los Merengues and increased the tally to 2-0.

The former Tottenham man was not finished yet as Madrid were rewarded another penalty as Bale buried it to seal a 3-0 victory for the Whites.

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Nigerian Olympic-bronze medalist Imoh Ezekiel came in for Momo but there was little he could do as Zidane's side claimed the victory.

Real rested key players for this tie including Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Isco, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos and Marcelo who are all expected to feature in the Champions League last eight match with Juventus next Tuesday.

Madrid maintain third position with 63 points a point away from city rival Atletico Madrid but go 12 off the pace to runaway leaders Barcelona.

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