Real Madrid welcomed Deportivo La Coruna to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for Zinedine Zidane's first game in charge of the Spanish giants.
And the Los Blancos legend's tenure got off to the perfect start when Karim Benzema flicked Sergio Ramos' miscued shot into the net after just 15 minutes.
Benzema makes it 1-0 @ 15mins with a cheeky flick of a Ramos miss hit.... 100 the goal for him & Zizou's first! pic.twitter.com/LFVlPoFkeK— M.A.J (@UltraSuristic) January 9, 2016
Seven minutes later, and it was 2-0, with Gareth Bale nodding home Dani Carvajal's right-wing cross.
But de Gareth Bale, 2-0 pour le Real (23') pic.twitter.com/aWe9LzLkcb— TeamFoot2016 (@TeamFoot_) January 9, 2016
Bale added another shortly after half-time, finishing well from Cristiano Ronaldo's low cross.
This casual finish from Bale was his 50th goal for Real Madrid... Not a bad return in less than 3 seasons! pic.twitter.com/qU5idKHOIO— My Racing Tips (@myracingtips) January 9, 2016
And Bale completed his hat-trick after 63 minutes, powering home another header from Toni Kroos' corner.
¡HAT-TRICK DE GARETH BALE! pic.twitter.com/98RzAauzzW— Yo Soy Real Madrid (@RealMadridCluBR) January 9, 2016
Benzema then added further shine to the scoreline with a thundering finish off the crossbar.
GOOOOOOOOOOOL DE BENZEMA!!! 5-0 pic.twitter.com/0b6irKZsph— Goles Real Madrid (@GolesRealMadrid) January 9, 2016
Final score: Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo La Coruna