• Spanish champions stun rivals with five first-half goals
• Bayern edge Eintracht Frankfurt; Dortmund lose again
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his fifth Ballon d’Or award with a brace as Real Madrid swept past Sevilla 5-0 following a blistering first-half display at the Bernabéu.
The Portugal forward collected the prestigious accolade in Paris on Thursday and his Real team simply had too much firepower for a Sevilla side who had started Saturday behind their hosts only on goal difference and had won their previous three La Liga games.
Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, made seven changes from the midweek Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund, with Nacho filling in at centre-back with captain Sergio Ramos suspended.
And it was Nacho who fired the home side ahead in three minutes after Sevilla failed to clear a corner. Marco Asensio then slipped Ronaldo through into the right side of the penalty area, and the Portugal striker coolly dispatched a low shot past Sergio Rico at the near post. He then added another from the penalty spot in the 30th minute after a handball by Jesús Navas.
Toni Kroos finished off an excellent team move to make it 4-0 before teenage defender Achraf Hakimi grabbed his first senior goal on 43 minutes to leave Sevilla stunned before half-time.
The hosts head out to the United Arab Emirates to play in the FIFA Club World Cup next week where Gareth Bale is expected to return from a calf injury.
Bayern Munich extended their advantage at the top of the Bundesliga to eight points following a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute when he headed home Joshua Kimmich’s right-wing cross to secure their 11th win in 14 matches in all competitions since the return of Jupp Heynckes as head coach.
In unusual circumstances, the hosts still managed to keep a clean sheet despite a goalkeeping crisis before the game. With number one Manuel Neuer and teenager Christian Früchtl both ruled out with injury, reserve Sven Ulreich was slated to start the match but was injured in the warm-up.
That brought 36-year-old Tom Starke, the club’s academy goalkeeper coordinator, who came out of retirement amid the injury crisis, into the starting line-up for a milestone he had given up on reaching – his 100th Bundesliga appearance.
The pressure continued to build on Borussia Dortmund head coach, Peter Bosz, after his side fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Werder Bremen.
Bremen were on the front foot and nearly went ahead on two occasions through Zlatko Junuzovic before Maximilian Eggestein curled in a wonderful opener in the 26th minute.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised for the hosts just before the hour mark when he nodded in from close range but Theodor Gebre Selassie won it for the visitors with a thumping header from Max Kruse’s in-swinging corner.
RB Leipzig lost ground on leaders Bayern after they were held to a 2-2 draw against lowly Mainz.
Leipzig took the lead in the 29th minute with a well-worked team goal that was finished off by a great curling effort by Kevin Kampl, but Robin Quaison levelled 10 minutes later after he was the quickest to react to Daniel Brosinski’s parried free-kick.
Germany international Timo Werner restored the lead from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage-time – his 13th goal for club and country this season.
However, Emil Berggreen earned a share of the spoils for Mainz with a bullet header from Alexandru Maxim’s corner three minutes from time.