Bale scores as Real tighten grip; Gameiro hits five-minute hat-trick

  • Bale nets in first game since Nov. 22
  • Real score for record 42nd consecutive game
  • Gameiro hits hat-trick in under five minutes
  • Sevilla keep up pressure with scrappy win

The win gives Sevilla a timely confidence boost before their Champions League last-16 game with Leicester on Wednesday and their local derby at Real Betis next Saturday.

"We knew what we had to do but we didn't have the best of days. We committed a lot of errors and gave the ball away a lot but these are the types of games you have to win because they determine whether you are title candidates or not," Sarabia told BeIN sports.

Earlier on Saturday, Kevin Gameiro came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the space of five minutes to fire Atletico Madrid to a 4-1 win over struggling Sporting Gijon that kept them fourth in the standings on 45 points.

Yannick Carrasco had given Atletico the lead 12 seconds into the second half but Sergio Alvarez gave the impressive home side a deserved equaliser in the 49th minute.

For the second week in a row, however, Atletico dug deep to rescue the points from an unconvincing display.

Antoine Griezmann had a goal harshly ruled out for offside but laid on the pass for Gameiro's first strike, the former Sevilla player calmly rounding Ivan Cuellar to put Atletico ahead in the 80th minute.

Gameiro ruthlessly killed off Sporting with two quick-fire strikes, latching on to a pass from Thomas Partey to score in the 81st minute and taking advantage of another through ball from Griezmann to complete his treble.

The Frenchman is the first Atletico player to score a hat-trick in the league as a substitute while his treble was the second-fastest in the history of La Liga, behind only Bebeto's for Deportivo La Coruna against Albacete in 1995.

"We didn't imagine anything else than the difficult game we had. Atletico have always struggled to win here," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.

"The substitutes gave us an extra boost and made us stronger in midfield and then Gameiro's speed settled the game."