Teenager Vinicius Junior scored and produced a scintillating display as warmed up for their midweek El Clasico cup clash against with a comfortable win over Alaves.

Karim Benzema tapped home his sixth goal in four games from Sergio Reguilon’s cross to give the an champions the lead.

Vinicius, 18, made it 2-0 from close range for his first goal.

And in stoppage time Mariano Diaz’s diving header sealed an easy victory.

Real are now only two points behind city rivals , who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Real Betis earlier on Sunday.

They have also closed the gap to arch-rivals to eight points. The two Spanish giants face each other in the first leg of Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday.

Real’s Wales forward Gareth Bale, making his first league start for a month, had a quiet game and was substituted in the 63rd minute.

His fellow attacker Vinicius stole the show with a fantastic display on both wings – his standout moment came in the second half when he produced a series of tricks in the area while surrounded by three Alaves players.

Line-ups

  • 25Courtois
  • 19Odriozola
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Ramos
  • 23Reguilón
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 24Ceballos
  • 11BaleSubstituted forAsensioat 63′minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMarianoat 75′minutes
  • 28Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forIscoat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 7Mariano
  • 12Marcelo
  • 18Llorente
  • 20Asensio
  • 22Isco
  • 31Sánchez de Felipe

Alavés

  • 1Pacheco
  • 2Vigaray
  • 5LaguardiaBooked at 32mins
  • 6Maripán
  • 3Duarte
  • 14Franco AlvizBooked at 54minsSubstituted forRolanat 67′minutes
  • 19García SánchezSubstituted forGuidettiat 81′minutes
  • 8Pina
  • 22WakasoBooked at 74mins
  • 23Rodríguez Menéndez
  • 12CalleriSubstituted forBlancoat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Blanco
  • 9Rolan
  • 10Guidetti
  • 15Navarro Jiménez
  • 17Marín
  • 27Perera
  • 31Domínguez
Referee:
Santiago Jaime Latre
Attendance:
53,132

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamAlavés
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, 3, Alavés 0.

Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! 3, Alavés 0. Mariano () header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Álvaro Odriozola with a cross.

Offside, . Casemiro tries a through ball, but Álvaro Odriozola is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Mariano () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isco.

Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Isco replaces Vinícius Júnior.

Offside, Alavés. Rubén Duarte tries a through ball, but Mubarak Wakaso is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Odriozola () right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Guillermo Maripán (Alavés) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jony with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Alavés. Conceded by Sergio Reguilón.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Álex Blanco replaces Jonathan Calleri.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. John Guidetti replaces Manu García.

Goal!

Goal! 2, Alavés 0. Vinícius Júnior () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Asensio.

Attempt missed. Marco Asensio () left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luka Modric following a fast break.

Víctor Laguardia (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, . Conceded by Víctor Laguardia.

Attempt blocked. Dani Ceballos () right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Foul by Sergio Reguilón ().

Diego Rolan (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Mariano replaces Karim Benzema.

Booking

Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Vinícius Júnior () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés).

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos () header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

Corner, . Conceded by Rubén Duarte.

Attempt missed. Vinícius Júnior () right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Attempt blocked. Vinícius Júnior () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Diego Rolan replaces Burgui.

Attempt saved. Jony (Alavés) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Burgui.

Attempt blocked. Vinícius Júnior () right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Ceballos.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Calleri (Alavés) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carlos Vigaray with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, . Marco Asensio replaces Gareth Bale.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale () left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Casemiro () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Guillermo Maripán (Alavés).

goal

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