Messi, Ronaldo both net 2 in wins by Barca and Madrid


The mighty Los Blancos continued with their merry winning ways, after putting Alaves away rather emphatically with a 4-0 scoreline.

"Bale has done very well, he has played 90 minutes in a position that he hasn't been in lately". It was the French striker who created the opportunity with a clever backheel flick and Ronaldo wanted to highlight his contribution to the home crowd, who up until that point had been whistled.

Barcelona sit 10 points clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, who face Sevilla on Sunday. That has led to calls for others like Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Marco Asensio to take their place.

The result means Madrid have won five consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time this season and Zinedine Zidane will draw particular encouragement from his headline attacking stars operating so brilliantly in tandem.

Messi took his league-leading tally to 22 goals, with Suarez next at 20. "I'm delighted for Karim because he's a phenomenal player", added Real winger Lucas Vazquez.

However, instead of taking the kick himself as would normally be the case, Ronaldo deferred responsibility to Benzema and the under-pressure Frenchman got the goal his performance deserved.

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"At times like this everyone needs the support of the group and Cristiano has shown everyone what we are like in the dressing room".

Vazquez passed for Ronaldo to fire in his second goal, and Bale earned a penalty in the 89th that Benzema converted.

But the Portugal handed the ball to Benzema when Bale was fouled in the area in the closing seconds.

"I know that some players are not of interest to you but there are those that train each day, hardly ever play and I am interested in them". Elsewhere, Celta Vigo gave their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League a boost as Iago Aspas scored in a 2-0 win over Eibar.

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