Hat-trick for Asensio as Real score six to reclaim top spot
Marco Asensio scored a superb hat-trick as Real Madrid reclaimed top spot in La Liga with an emphatic victory over Mallorca at the Bernabeu.
Asensio scored twice in five first-half minutes – either side of Lee Kang-in’s well-taken response for the visitors.
The Spaniard found the bottom corner to make it 4-1 10 minutes after half-time.
Karim Benzema had opened the scoring after three minutes and added a late fifth for Real, before Isco completed a 6-1 rout with six minutes remaining.
Atletico Madrid had moved top following a 2-1 win against Getafe on Tuesday and now sit two points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s side – with both teams unbeaten after six games.
A slip by defender Josep Antoni Gaya Martinez allowed the in-form Benzema to get Real off to the perfect start.
Asensio – who left Mallorca for Real in 2015 – doubled the advantage when Vinicius Junior’s cut-back was pushed into his path by the goalkeeper, and he then further extended Real’s advantage, finishing from a couple of Benzema assists for his second and third goals.
Benzema made it eight goals and seven assists in La Liga this season with a deflected second goal of the night, before Vinicius teed up substitute Isco to round off an impressive display by the hosts.
6NachoBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSantosat 80′minutes
11AsensioSubstituted forIscoat 72′minutes
25CamavingaSubstituted forBlancoat 60′minutes
21RodrygoBooked at 47minsSubstituted forVázquezat 72′minutes
9BenzemaSubstituted forJovicat 80′minutes
29Gayá MartinezSubstituted forCostaat 59′minutes
6FebasSubstituted forSánchezat 59′minutes
17KuboSubstituted forMohammedat 45′minutesBooked at 57mins
11LagoSubstituted forMboulaat 76′minutes
25HoppeSubstituted forPratsat 59′minutes
Javier Alberola Rojas
Match ends, Real Madrid 6, Mallorca 1.
Second Half ends, Real Madrid 6, Mallorca 1.
Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).
Lee Kang-In (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the attacking half.