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Football: Ronaldo and Bale on fire as Real crush Sevilla 7-3

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadi
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Oct 30, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (left) celebrates after scoring his second goal next to Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium i
Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (left) celebrates after scoring his second goal next to Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Oct 30, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (second, right) celebrates with Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema (left), Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (right) and Real Madrid's German midfielder Sami Khedira (second, left) afte
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (second, right) celebrates with Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema (left), Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (right) and Real Madrid's German midfielder Sami Khedira (second, left) after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Oct 30, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
(Left to right) Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane, Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale, Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe take p
(Left to right) Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane, Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale, Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe take part in a training session at the Valdebebas training ground in Madrid on Oct 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (left) celebrates scoring against Sevilla with teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco (right) during their Spanish first division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Oct 30, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (left) celebrates scoring against Sevilla with teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco (right) during their Spanish first division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Oct 30, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (right) congratules Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 30, 2013
Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (right) congratules Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 30, 2013. Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and Gareth Bale became the fifth British player to score for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with two goals in an action-packed 7-3 La Liga win over Sevilla on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and Gareth Bale became the fifth British player to score for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with two goals in an action-packed 7-3 La Liga win over Sevilla on Wednesday.

Making his first home start for the club, Bale also produced two assists in a performance that will help dispel doubts about the 100 million euro (S$171 million) Wales winger's form since his record move from Tottenham Hotspur last month.

France striker Karim Benzema, who has been struggling for both club and country, helped himself to two goals as third-placed Real closed within two points of Atletico Madrid ahead of their game at Granada on Thursday.

Carlo Ancelotti's team looked far from convincing at times but what eventually became a rout was the ideal tonic after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at leaders Barcelona.

It was the first time in almost 50 years that 10 goals were scored in a La Liga game at the Bernabeu.

Sevilla played the final quarter of an hour with 10 men after midfielder Stephane M'Bia was shown a second yellow card for catching substitute Luka Modric with a flailing arm.

The Andalusian team are 10th on 13 points, the same as 11th-placed Valencia who surrendered the lead to lose 2-1 at home to bottom club Almeria.

Unbeaten Barca have 31 points from 11 matches, with Atletico on 27 and Real on 25.