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Real Madrid thrash Alaves as Ancelotti marks La Liga return with big win


Real Madrid cruised to a 4-1 win at Alaves on the opening weekend of the 2021/22 La Liga season.

Los Blancos showed their ruthless streak after the break in the Basque Country as Carlo Ancelotti kicked off his second spell in the Spanish capital with a vital three points.

Neither side could make much headway before the break as Gareth Bale posed the biggest threat for the visitors from distance.

Skipper Karim Benzema got the ball rolling within minutes of the restart as the Frenchman powered home Eden Hazard’s spectacular flick.

That breakthrough proved key for Ancelotti’s side as Nacho Fernandez made it 2-0 shortly after from Luka Modric‘s cross.

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Benzema added a third on the night, just after the hour mark, before Joselu netted a consolation from the penalty spot for the hosts.

With Ancelotti’s side in full control in the closing minutes substitute Vinicius Junior added a fourth goal in added time.

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