• Real Madrid picked up their first win of the new La Liga campaign after thrashing Real Betis 5-0 at the Bernabeu 
  • Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the home side inside two minutes after heading James Rodriguez’s cross home
  • James Rodriguez increased Real Madrid’s lead with a wonderfully struck free-kick that cannoned in off the post
  • Karim Benzema rounded off a brilliant team move to put Real Madrid three ahead two minutes after half-time
  • Colombia international James grabbed his second of the game with a spectacular overhead kick minutes later
  • Ruben Castro had the chance to pull a goal back for Betis but saw his second-half penalty saved by Keylor Navas
  • Bale completed the rout for Real Madrid with a rasping drive from near to 30 yards out 

Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez both scored twice and Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved a penalty as Rafa Benitez’s side thrashed Real Betis.

Navas’ name echoed around the Santiago Bernabeu after one fine first half save and even more loudly in the second half when he blocked Ruben Castro’s spot-kick.

Real Madrid could yet sign David De Gea before the window closes on Tuesday but it is clear that waiting for him to become a free agent next summer would not be a controversial decision – Navas has never been so popular.

Gareth Bale leaps into the air with a clenched fist as the Real Madrid forward celebrates opening the scoring at the Bernabeu on Saturday

Gareth Bale leaps into the air with a clenched fist as the Real Madrid forward celebrates opening the scoring at the Bernabeu on Saturday

The Wales international stoops unmarked to head James Rodriguez's accurate cross past the Real Betis goalkeeper inside two minutes

The Wales international stoops unmarked to head James Rodriguez’s accurate cross past the Real Betis goalkeeper inside two minutes

The world's most expensive player wheels away arms outstretched after scoring the first Real Madrid goal of the new La Liga season 

The world’s most expensive player wheels away arms outstretched after scoring the first Real Madrid goal of the new La Liga season 

MATCH FACTS

REAL MADRID XI: Navas; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos (Casemiro 64), Modric (Kovacic 75); James, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema (Isco 53)

Subs not used: Pepe, Casilla, Carvajal, Jese

Scorers: Bale 2, 88, James 39, 49, Benzema 47

Booked: Kroos, Casemiro

REAL BETIS XI: Adan; Piccini, Pezzella, Bruno, Molinero (Molina 45); Torres, N’Diaye (Petros 81), Cejudo, Vargas; Ceballos (Digard 53), Castro

Subs not used: Gimenez, Rennella, Westermann, Portillo

Missed penalty: Castro 61 

Booked: Vargas, Molinero, Torres

Referee: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez

With the Costan Rican keeper having his finest night since joining Real Madrid last summer and Bale back to his very best form it was also a night for comebacks.

Karim Benzema, who also scored, was back in the team, and so was Colombian midfielder James whose breathtaking brace was the highlight of the 5-0 demolition of Pepe Mel’s newly-promoted side.

The Colombian was the star of the show right from Real’s first goal when he sent a dipping cross into the area and Bale timed his run perfectly to send a stooping header from 10 yards out past the onrushing Betis keeper Antonio Adan.

There were 94 seconds on the clock making it the fastest goal of his Real Madrid career so far. 

Real Madrid could have doubled their lead several times before the half hour. Benzema nearly headed in a Ronaldo cross just failing to meet the centre, Toni Kroos sent a long shot just wide, and Adan had to stand up well to block a Ronaldo shot at his near post.

On 38 minutes it was 2-0 and it was James who got it taking the paint off Adan’s far post as he bent in a left-footed free-kick from the right-hand side of the penalty area after Ronaldo had been fouled by Francisco Molinero.

There was still time for Navas to save at the feet of Ruben Castro as Betis squandered their best chance of the first half. It was a significant moment as with Florentino Perez in the directors box pondering that big money move for De Gea, the Bernabeu crowd began to chant ‘Keylor! Keylor!’.

It’s been a long time since supporters have united behind a Real keeper. The club could still move for De Gea but it’s clear there will be no supporter protests if they don’t.

The former Tottenham forward performs his trademark heart celebration after kick-starting Real Madrid's season after last week's stalemate

The former Tottenham forward performs his trademark heart celebration after kick-starting Real Madrid’s season after last week’s stalemate

Bale is mobbed by his Real Madrid team-mates as the Bernabeu crowd witness their first goal of the campaign

Bale is mobbed by his Real Madrid team-mates as the Bernabeu crowd witness their first goal of the campaign

James Rodriguez celebrates after finding the back of the net with a powerfully struck free-kick from an improbable angle to make it 2-0

James Rodriguez celebrates after finding the back of the net with a powerfully struck free-kick from an improbable angle to make it 2-0

Having scored after a minute and a half of the first half Real Madrid repeated the trick in the second period with Bale this time providing the assist with a superb right-footed cross that Benzema headed past Adan.

The Bernabeu were then treated to more James magic when a Kroos shot bobbled up 10-yards out and the Colombian acrobatically bicycle-kicked it past Adan for the fourth.

Only a goal against would have ruined Real Madrid’s night but Navas saw to it that that didn’t happen. 

Sergio Ramos (left) and Bale (right) congratulate James on his brilliant curling effort to increase Real Madrid's advantage

Sergio Ramos (left) and Bale (right) congratulate James on his brilliant curling effort to increase Real Madrid’s advantage

Karim Benzema connects with Bale's accurate cross from the right to round off a brilliant passing move from the home side

Karim Benzema connects with Bale’s accurate cross from the right to round off a brilliant passing move from the home side

The France international celebrates after finding the net for the first time this season just two minutes after the interval

The France international celebrates after finding the net for the first time this season just two minutes after the interval

Varane kicked fresh-air while trying to dispossess Molina and when the Betis player went down over his out-stretched leg the referee pointed to the spot. Navas dived to his left and blocked the penalty, and for the second time in the game his name echoed around the Bernabeu.

There was still time for Sergio Ramos to thunder a bicycle kick against a post, referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez to need treatment on an ankle injury, and Bale to blast in his second of the night to complete the rout.

The stadium clock showed Saturday night having given way to Sunday morning (such are Spain’s 10.30pm kick-offs). As it continues to tick down towards the closing of the transfer window Navas could have done no more to ensure he stays number one at Real Madrid. 

James beats Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adam with a spectacular overhead kick to grab his second of the night

James beats Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adam with a spectacular overhead kick to grab his second of the night

James pumps the air as he celebrates making it 4-0 to the home side with a stunning overhead kick

James pumps the air as he celebrates making it 4-0 to the home side with a stunning overhead kick

Bale completed the rout with a stunning strike from range that smashed off the inside of the post and nestled in the opposite corner

Bale completed the rout with a stunning strike from range that smashed off the inside of the post and nestled in the opposite corner

For the second time of the night Bale soared through air in celebration as he rounded off the victory in spectacular style

For the second time of the night Bale soared through air in celebration as he rounded off the victory in spectacular style

Real Madrid coach had come in for criticism for the team's defensive style after their drab opening weekend draw

Real Madrid coach had come in for criticism for the team’s defensive style after their drab opening weekend draw

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