GARETH Bale struck the opener in his first start after injury and Toni Kroos netted his first for the club as Real Madrid tore apart Rayo Vallecano 5-1 in La Liga on Saturday and extended their winning streak to 13 games.
The substitute Neymar and Jordi Alba earlier came to the rescue with second-half goals to give Barcelona a 2-1 comeback victory at AlmerÃa but Lionel Messi again just missed out in his bid to become La Ligaâ€™s all-time leading marksman.
The Wales winger Bale swept in a Kroos cross after 10 minutes at the BernabÃ©u to put Real on track for a victory that puts them on 27 points from 11 games, two more than Barcelona in second.
Sergio Ramos knocked in from a corner after 40 minutes to add to Realâ€™s lead but their neighbours Rayo pulled a goal back minutes later when LÃ©o BaptistÃ£o seized on a poor backpass by James RodrÃguez and set up Alberto Bueno to score.
Cristiano Ronaldo fed Kroos, a World Cup winner with Germany, for a precise finish from 20 yards and then the Portuguese found Karim Benzema for the fourth.
Ronaldo as ever was on the scoresheet, wrapping up the win with a tame effort that slipped through the hands of goalkeeper Cristian Ãlvarez.
Bale, who came on as a substitute in Tuesdayâ€™s Champions League win over Liverpool after a month out with a muscle strain, looked sharp and also hit the crossbar with a 25-yard volley.
Real are now two shy of the clubâ€™s record run of 15 consecutive wins achieved jointly by Miguel MuÃ±ozâ€™s 1960-61 team and by JosÃ© Mourinhoâ€™s in 2011-12. – The Guardian