Bale, Ronaldo Lift Real to 7-3 Win Over Sevilla; Roma’s Lead Cut

Gareth Bale scored twice in his first home start for Real Madrid before Cristiano Ronaldo added a hat trick in a 7-3 win against Sevilla in Spain’s La Liga.

Bale opened the scoring after 13 minutes at Real’s Bernabeu stadium last night and doubled the lead 14 minutes later. The Welsh forward then provided two assists as Ronaldo got three goals and Karim Benzema netted twice.

Bale completed 90 minutes for the first time since joining Real last month for a fee the Spanish soccer club said was 78 million pounds ($125 million). Real’s victory moved it within six points of league leader Barcelona.

“I have to keep improving and working hard to be one hundred percent as soon as possible,” Bale told Real’s website. “It was a great night and important to my fitness.”

Roma’s lead atop Italy’s Serie A was cut to two points as nearest rivals Napoli and Juventus both won last night. Dries Mertens got Napoli’s winner in a 2-1 victory at Fiorentina, while Juve routed Catania 4-0 at home.

Roma, which has the maximum 27 points from nine matches, hosts last-place Chievo today.

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