Gareth Bale took his tally to eight goals in his last seven games with a hat-trick as Real Madrid shrugged off the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to beat Valladolid 4-0.
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (R) celebrates after scoring his third goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Real Valladolid CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 30, 2013. Madrid won 4-0
With the Portuguese sidelined by a slight muscle strain, Bale proved to be decisive as he headed home the opener after Diego Marino could only parry Angel di Maria's cross.
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