Real Madrid reclaim La Liga lead with rout

Real Madrid's Marco Asensio has netted three times in their La Liga drubbing of Real Mallorca.
Real Madrid's Marco Asensio has netted three times in their La Liga drubbing of Real Mallorca.

Real Madrid didn't need to rely solely on Karim Benzema to keep winning in La Liga as Marco Asensio netted a hat-trick in a 6-1 rout of his former club Real Mallorca.

Benzema scored twice to reach 200 league goals but Asensio stole the headlines at the Bernabeu in a result that extended the hosts' winning streak to five matches in all competitions.

It was Madrid's fourth straight league win, taking Carlo Ancelotti's team back to the top of the standings with 16 points from six matches, two ahead of defending champions Atletico Madrid.

Benzema and Vinicius Junior had been key for Madrid so far at the start of the season, having scored 11 of the team's 15 goals in the league.

Benzema took his league-leading tally to eight goals by finding the net in the third and 78th minutes.

In his first start of the campaign, Asensio scored his goals in the 24th, 29th and 55th minutes.

"I knew I had to take advantage of my opportunity to be in the starting line-up," said Asensio, who didn't celebrate his goals out of respect to his former club.

"I'm happy that I was able to help the team stay in this very good dynamic. We are all very motivated, you can notice it."

South Korean Lee Kang-in put mid-table Mallorca on the board in the 25th with the help of Takefusa Kubo, who is on loan from Real.

Isco Alarcon sealed the scoring after an assist by Vinicius Junior in the 84th.

Real have outscored their opponents 21-6 in their first six league matches.

Sevilla scored three goals in the first 22 minutes to defeat Valencia 3-1 with Papu Gomez, Gonzalo Montiel and Rafa Mir on target.

Hugo Duro replied in the 31st for Valencia.

Villarreal ended their winless start to the season with a 4-1 home victory over Elche.

Yeremi Pino scored for the hosts in the fifth minute before Johan Mojica equalised in the 19th.

Manu Trigueros restored Villarreal's advantage in the 39th, Danjuma added to the lead in the 60th and Alberto Moreno sealed the victory in stoppage time.

Promoted Espanyol defeated last-place Alaves 1-0 for their first win of the season, with Raul de Tomas converting a 54th-minute penalty.

Australian Associated Press