Marco Asensio scored
his first hat-trick for Real Madrid on Wednesday against Mallorca, his boyhood
club, as Madrid cruised to a 6-1 win to go top of La Liga.
Karim Benzema capitalised on an early Mallorca mistake at
the Santiago Bernabeu before three goals in five minutes put Madrid 3-1 ahead,
two Asensio strikes coming either side of a curling effort from Mallorca’s Lee
Asensio completed his treble with a bending shot of his own
in the second half and went off to a standing ovation, leaving Benzema to add
his second and Isco to tap in Madrid’s sixth late on.
Benzema’s second goal was his 200th in La Liga, making him
only the 10th player to reach the milestone.
“Clearly Karim is playing very well,” said Madrid
coach Carlo Ancelotti. “Not just himself but for the team. He is a
Victory lifts Real Madrid two points clear of Atletico at
the top of La Liga, with Sevilla up to third after they had earlier eased past
Asensio was born in Palma and began playing for Mallorca
aged 10, only to join Real Madrid in 2016.
He declined to celebrate any of his three goals but will
have made an impression on Ancelotti, who was giving the 25-year-old his first
start of the season.
“Asensio did very well. It is true that from that
position he can hurt the opponent, between the lines he has a lot of
quality,” Ancelotti said.
Benzema now has eight goals this term and there were
noteworthy displays too from Eduardo Camavinga, the hugely exciting 18-year-old
midfielder, as well as Madrid’s two central defenders, David Alaba and Eder
Militao, whose distribution was instrumental in almost all the goals.
Despite scoring two late goals to beat Valencia on Sunday,
Ancelotti criticised his team for again being too open at the back. Mallorca
had chances but they were blown away by Madrid’s revitalised attack.
The first goal, though, was a gift, as Josep Gaya failed to
control a routine pass across the defence and then slipped trying to recover,
allowing Benzema to race clear and finish.
Militao instigated the second with a driven pass out to
Vinicius, whose angled pass sent Rodrygo in behind. His deflected cross was
prodded out by Mallorca goalkeeper Manolo Reina, for Asensio to finish.