Madrid: Diego López; Nacho, Pepe, Varane, Coentrao (Llorente 72’); Modric, Illarramendi, Isco; Di María (Casemiro 63’), Benzema, Bale (Morata 69’). 4-3-3.
Almería: Esteban; Nelson, Hans Martínez, Torsiglieri, Mané; Verza, Tébar, Corona (Soriano 71’); Jonathan Zongo (Oscar Díaz 68’), Rodri (Aleix Vidal 56’), Hélder Barbosa. 4-3-3.
1-0. 28. Di María. Picked up Nacho pass and cut in to fire shot across Esteban.
2-0. 52. Bale. Latched on to Benzema pass and forced angled shot past keeper..
3-0. 55. Isco. Controlled Benzema cross and squeezed shot inside near post.
4-0. 85. Morata. Collected Illarramendi lofted pass and lobbed shot past keeper.
Yellow cards: None.
Real Madrid clocked up a comfortable 4-0 victory over struggling Almería in the last match of Saturday night to move a point above second placed Barcelona in the table. With Ronaldo likely to be out for ten days or so, and others rested for Wednesday’s cup final, the replacements took over the mantle, Di María combining with Nacho to open the scoring on the half hour mark. Before that Di María had hit the crossbar, and Di María and Bale had brought good saves out of Esteban, and the visiting keeper did well to push an inswinging Di María corner over the bar shortly before the break. Soon after the restart Bale combined with Di María and Benzema to make it two, and three minutes later Isco scored the third after controlling Benzema’s cross before squeezing a shot inside the near post. Almería’s one and only real chance came when Diego López pushed a Corona free kick on to the post, but Coentrao, Benzema and Morata all brought further saves out of Esteban before Morata collected Illarramendi’s lofted pass to complete the scoring.