Bale Scores Hat Trick In Zidane’s Debut As Head Coach

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Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick as Zinedine Zidane began his time as Real Madrid manager with a comprehensive win over Deportivo La Coruna.

Karim Benzema claimed his 100th league goal for the club with an early opener in the first game since the departure of previous manager Rafael Benitez.

Bale headed the second and found the bottom corner after the break before sealing his treble with another header.

Benzema hit a fifth to leave Real two points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Zidane received a warm welcome at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, with fans loudly cheering the France great before and after the game in a stark contrast to when Rafa Benitez was in charge.

The result moved Real Madrid to within two points of Barcelona, which earlier defeated Granada 4-0 with a hat trick by Lionel Messi and a goal by Neymar.

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