Real Madrid returned to LaLiga’s summit on Wednesday courtesy of a 6-1 win over Real Mallorca, with Marco Asensio scoring a hat-trick.
Marco Asensio scored a hat-trick against former club Real Mallorca to help Real Madrid to a 6-1 win that lifted them back above Atletico Madrid at the top of LaLiga.
Marco Asensio took the matchball home after his hat-trick. Starting his first game of the season behind Karim Benzema he didn’t celebrate any of his strikes because they came against his home-town club but he wore a big smile when taken off 20 minutes from time.
Benzema got a double and the second goal was his 200th in La Liga for Real Madrid. Either side of him he had Vinicus and Rodrygo running newly promoted Mallorca ragged and the score did not flatter a brilliant Madrid.
They were ahead after just three minutes when Benzema pounced on a slip by Josep Gaya to beat Manolo Reina. It was his seventh goal of the season and it wasn’t long before Asensio got his first.
It was on 26 minutes when Vinicius and Rodrygo combined down the left and Asensio converted the loose ball from close range.
Sixty seconds later Lee Kang-In made it 2-1 with a brilliant strike from the edge of the area and there was hope for Mallorca but that hope lasted four minutes – the time it took Asensio to make it 3-1.
Militao played a superb pass to Benzema whose cushion assist set up Asensio to finish past Reina.
Five minutes into the second half Real Madrid thought they had scored a brilliant fourth.
Rodrygo Goes ran from the halfway line down the right and crossed to Benzema who scored past Reina.
oan Sastre was tripped in the area and replays were unclear whether he clipped his own heels or been caught by Benzema as the player ran across him.
The referee opted for the second option and a free-kick was given.
It was four on 55 minutes when from Militao’s pass, Rodrygo found Benzema and he crossed to Asensio who curled the ball into the far corner.
Benzema would not be denied his second goal and it was very special. David Alaba floated the ball over the top of Mallorca’s defence and Benzema controlled it on his back allowing it to bounce to his right before unleashing a shot that clipped two Mallorca defenders before going past Reina.
Isco came on for a late cameo and side-footed in the sixth when set up by Vinicius.
Real Madrid have now collected 16 points from their opening six matches, making this their best start to a season at this stage since 2013-14 when Carlo Ancelotti was last in charge.