Struggling Real Madrid got back to winnings ways against Las Palmas with Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Isco grabbing the goals as they moved third, eight points behind leaders Barcelona.
Karim Benzema missed a huge chance in the fourth minute when played in by Cristiano Ronaldo, firing too close to Raul Lizoain when through on goal.
Ronaldo came close twice himself in the first half and Marcelo fired wide as Madrid were on top but failed to find the net until Casemiro intervened.
The Brazilian enforcer headed home at the back post in the 41st minute after a corner was flicked into his path, leaving Lizoain with no chance.
Asensio doubled the lead with a thunderbolt which zipped into the top corner in the 56th minute and will go down as one of the goals of the season, before Ronaldo teed up Isco for the third.
Real Madrid: Casilla, Vallejo, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Asensio, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Subs: Moha, Modric, T Hernandez, Lucas Vasquez, Llorente, Mayoral, Ceballos.
Las Palmas: Raul, Michel, Ximo, Bigas, D Castellano, Lemos, Vicente Gomez, J Castellano, Vitolo, Aquilani, Calleri
Subs: Chichizola, D Gartcia, Samper, Remy, Momo, Hernan, Borja.
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Las Palmas should be pleased with their efforts and they will get easier ties in the coming weeks. Ayestaran is under pressure but he is experienced enough to help them climb out of the drop zone.
While they were not at their best, Madrid kicked into gear at the right time and will breath a huge sigh of relief going into the international break. Ronaldo’s wait for a goal continues, but Jesus Vallejo’s La Liga debut went well at the back.
After a tough week, Madrid get the job done against Las Palmas on home soil. Goals from Casemiro, Asensio and Isco do the damage as Zidane’s side move on from back-to-back defeats.
FULL-TIME Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palmas.
Calleri nearly scores a consolation goal after breaking the offisde trap but Casilla stops his effort with a one-handed save.
Both teams now just waiting for the full-time whistle but Asensio’s goal still the highlight of the game. The youngster seems to get better in each game and that is a goal of the season contender.
Ronaldo’s wait for a goal continues as he is left laying on the floor in frustration. The former Manchester United man continues to be denied but he has worked hard and grabbed an important assist so far.
Vallejo receives a round of applause from the home crowd after he flies across the box to clear Navarro’s cross for a corner.
Madrid fans are now slowly leaving the Santiago Bernabeu after a job well done by their team under immense pressure.
Vitolo has continued to throw himself to the floor throughout the game but this time he gets a free-kick on the left wing.
Replays now show Lizoain got a hand to Ramos’ flick. What a save that was!
Another Las Palmas attack causes a bit of panic in the Madrid box but a header behind from Jesus Vallejo ensures his team still have a three-goal cushion.
Alberto Aquilani has worked hard this evening but he is replaced by Hernan Santana.
Huge chance for Las Palmas is wasted by Jonathan Calleri as he latches onto a cross and shoots wide but the offside flag goes up to spare his blushes.
Madrid win a corner after Navarro is forced to turn the ball behind. Mauricio Lemos clear the danger and Madrid force it back into the box but Sergio Ramos’ effort strikes the bar and the visitors clear at the second attempt.
Penalty claims from Madrid but denied by the officials as Nacho goes down in the box. Ronaldo and co complain but we move on.
Yellow card for Ximo Navarro as he gets carried away and flies into the tackle.
Zidane now rests Germany international and he is brought off for Daniel Ceballos.
Ronaldo now goes close from the edge of the box as he latches onto a through ball but his effort just flies over the bar.
Replays show Vitolo went down far too easily in the build-up to the Madrid third goal and Marcos Llorente nearly makes it four with a distance from the edge of the box.
Benzema is booed as he leaves the field and he is now replaced by Lucas Vázquez.
GOAL! Isco makes it three
Game. Set. Match.
Real are home and hosed as Isco finds the net.
Ronaldo is picked out on the right and his cross is perfect.
Isco doesn’t have to break stride and slots into the bottom corner.
GOALLLL Madrid now 3-0 up. Superb counter attack from the home side sees Isco left unmarked and he places the ball into the back of the net.
Ronaldo shows his unselfish side with a lovely cross from the right wing to get the assist.
Las Palmas have enjoyed more possession since bringing on Loic Remy but they have yet to find the ex-Newcastle man. Fellow forward Vitolo continues to get into better areas but he has yet to open his account for the night.
To their credit, Las Palmas are working hard and chasing down every ball but their lack of quality in the final third is letting them down. Boss Ayestaran will know they will get easier assignments in the coming weeks.
What a goal from Asensio
Madrid make their first change as Casemiro gets a well-earned rest and is replaced by Marcos Llorente.
Madrid in total control now and passing the ball around with much more freedom. A couple of subs will be expected as they try to look after their star players.
Substitution for Las Palmas as Vicente Gómez makes way for Loïc Rémy.
Toni Kroos is the latest man in the book for a poor challenge.
Asensio’s goal worthy of winning any match and that should prove too much for Las Palmas who have worked hard tonight.
GOAL! Asensio pings into the top corner
A senior member of the Mirror Football staff doesn’t think he’s “ever seen anyone hit a ball that hard”.
As a slightly younger man in this team, I definitely haven’t.
Marco Asensio leathers one right into the postage stamp from 25 yards.
The lad doesn’t score tap ins does he?
WOW ASENSIO MAKES IT TWO – Madrid try to score from a floated cross but Las Palmas clear the danger. However, it falls to Asensio who smashes his effort into the top corner to give Lizoain no chance in goal. Simply sublime!
Las Palmas appeal for a penalty as Vitolo goes down in the box under a challenge but the referee waves away any protests as Marcelo asks for a yellow card for diving.
The ball in is poor and Madrid block the danger at the near post to calm any nerves inside the Santiago Bernabeu.
After a half-time team-talk from Zidane, Madrid look a little more composed but they have some defending to do after giving away a free-kick in a dangerous area.
Madrid make a strong start to the second-half and they nearly double their advantage after a superb cross from left-back Marcelo. The Las Palmas defence allows him time to cross but they eventually recover at the near post.
The match resumes as Madrid kick the second-half off in front of their home fans.
Casemiro’s goal in pics
Top header rom Casemiro there.
Second goal of the season for the Brazilian.
Not a bad ratio from defensive midfield.
Las Palmas have worked hard so far and will be frustrated to concede from a set piece but they will still pose a threat going forward. Madrid need to score the second goal and that should see the visitors lose their confidence.
Despite being well below their best, Madrid deserve to lead at the break. While the goal comes from the unlikely source of Casemiro, it shows Madrid still have plenty of attacking threat after a tough few weeks. Benzema and Ronaldo could have scored before that but Zidane will be pleased to see his team in front.
Real Madrid lead at the break.
The crowd had been getting restless before Casemiro delivered.
The Brazilian rose to head in a corner to give Real a much-needed lead.
The pressure has been on Zinedine Zidane this week after the defeat to Tottenham.
His side started slowly too although Ronaldo and Benzema have both gone close.
Las Palmas have threatened when they have gone forward too but they are playing with a real lack of confidence at the moment.
Can they get back into this?
HALF-TIME – Real Madrid 1-0 Las Palmas.
Yellow card for Isco after a sloppy challenge in the middle of the park.
GOAL! Casemiro heads in
Real are in front!
Casemiro is the man with it as he rises to head in a corner.
A Las Palmas defender got his head on the set-piece but could only divert the ball to the Brazilian, who planted his header in.
A much-needed goal for the Real boss.
GOAAALLLL Madrid lead 1-0 and Casemiro is the man who finally calms everyone down in the Santiago Bernabeu. A corner comes in and takes a deflection but Casemiro keeps calm to head home.
Benzema is jeered as he misses a lovely chance to score. A cross from the right is inch-perfect but he times his run poorly and heads thin air and Las Palmas clear.
Madrid continue to shoot wide of the target against a determined Las Palmas defence and the half-time interval may be need for them to regroup.
Real have picked up the tempo – but it has taken them half an hour.
Nacho is the latest player to go close minutes after Ronaldo hit the post.
Los Blancos really need to win here – a draw will not be enough to ease the pressure on Zidane.
Defender Nacho sends another warning sign to the Las Palmas defence as he drills a crisp effort towards goal but a corner is given. From the resulting set-piece Madrid cannot create much and a goal-kick is given.
Half an hour gone and Madrid’s lack of form has shown but they’ve continued to chip away. Playing in front of their home crowd may not help tonight but they should still have enough class to beat their opponents.
Ronaldo makes up for his poor free-kick by taking on the Las Palmas defence, after skipping inside he curls the ball towards the far corner but his effort is inches away from finding the net.
Nothing comes of the free-kick as Ronaldo’s effort smashes into the wall and out for a throw-in.
Zidane’s men appeal for a penalty on the edge of the box after the ball strikes Ximo Navarro but after Las Palmas clear the danger they give a free-kick away on the edge of the box.
Still plenty of time for them to find their groove, but Madrid are struggling for confidence at the minute. Las Palmas have still shown signs of nerves at the back but this is a fine example of two teams desperate for a win.
Madrid guilty of slowing the play down and Las Palmas latch onto a loose pass and work the ball down the right wing. Michel Macedo is the man hugging the touchline but as he shoots the offside flag is raised and Madrid get the free-kick.
Madrid continue to go through the motions but a half-chance falls to Cristiano Ronaldo but the forward cannot spin and score and his left-footed drive finds the side netting.
Las Palmas prove their threat on the counter as on-loan Atletico man Vitolo tries his luck but Kika Casilla does enough as he recovers his original fumble.
Las Palmas go close
Las Palmas threaten now – and they nearly open the scoring.
Vitolo does well to nip in front of Ramos and shoots low but Casilla spreads himself to save.
Real need to pick it up here.
Madrid try their arm from outside the box as Isco pings one towards goal but he can only find the stands and a goal kick is given.
The tempo of the game is suiting the visitors at the minute but Madrid have already shown the threat they will pose on the counter.
Midfielder Marco Asensio is the latest man to try his luck as he guides a header towards goal but it is far too easy for Lizoain to pick up.
Benzema misses a golden opportunity!
What a chance for Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman is free on the right hand side of the box but takes too long to get his shot away.
Raul comes out and does well to block the shot but Benzema must do better!
First chance of the game falls to Real Madrid and striker Karim Benzema is the man who wastes the opporunity. The Frenchman is played in but he shoots straight at Las Palmas keeper Raul Lizoain.
Despite being the away side, Las Palmas have enjoyed the majority of possession so far with Madrid happy to let them keep the ball.
The match is underway as Las Palmas kick the game off.
Countdown to kick-off
Less than 10 minutes to go until kick-off as the players finish their warm-ups.
Zidane makes two changes to the team that lost to Spurs as Vallejo and Asensio replace Hakimi and Modric. Las Palmas coach Pako Ayestaran has made four changes to the side that were unable to get past Deportivo as Navarro, Macedo, Javi Castellano and Aquilani come in for Michel, Samper, Viera and Remy.
Las Palmas SUBS: Herrera, Remy, Samper, Santana, Chichizola, Momo, Garcia.
Las Palmas Starting XI (3-5-2): Lizoain, Navarro, Lemos, Bigas, Macedo, Dani Castellano, Gomez, Javi Castellano, Aquilani, Calleri, Vitolo.
Madrid SUBS: Moha Ramos, Modric, Vazquez, Ceballos, Llorente, Mayoral, Hernandez.
Real Madrid Starting XI (4-3-1-2): Casilla, Nacho, Jesus Vallejo, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Asensio, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Team news coming up…
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has seen his side win two of their last five matches and a win tonight would boost the confidence levels ahead of the international break. They lost to Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Las Palmas were beaten 3-1 by Deportivo La Coruna last time out.
The hosts come into this game under pressure after losing their last two games but Las Palmas have been in terrible form after winning just two games all season. Madrid are fourth ahead of the game, with Las Palmas lying in 19th.
Hello and welcome to tonight’s live La Liga text commentary of Real Madrid vs Las Palmas from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid team news
Legendary defender Manuel Sanchís will be honoured with a minute’s silence before tonight’s match at the Bernabeu.
The Real Madrid icon, who played more than 500 times for Los Blancos over seven years, died last week. He was 79.
Real Madrid host Las Palmas today with Zinedine Zidane hoping to avert more speculation about his future.
The Frenchman is under pressure after back-to-back defeats against Girona and Spurs.
“We are not in crisis,” Zidane said after his last game.
“It does not feel like we’ve been beaten, perhaps we lacked the peace of mind we’ve always had in front of the goal.
“When you have two chances you should score two goals. Today we did not make chances and we did not score them.
“I’m sure we’re going to turn it around, we lost today but this is a very long season. We congratulate our opponent and we reflect on the match. We are all very disappointed.”
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