But while Bale and his "BBC" counterparts Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all found the net in this scintillating win, the Welshman played in a different role as Zidane tinkered with his side's shape ahead of the second leg of their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Instead Ronaldo presented the spot-kick to Benzema, who rounded off the scoring. They did, but it was the established guard of Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale who did the damage.
It took Zinedine Zidane's side until a minute before half time to make the breakthrough, with Ronaldo firing home after a clever backheel flick from Benzema.
And Spanish website Don Balon say that, in the aftermath of Zidane's decision to omit him, Asensio has dropped a Chelsea bombshell on Isco.
Benzema slipped with only the goalkeeper to beat following a four-on-one breakaway while Bale had two half-chances but could not find the back of the net either. It just won't go in for Benzema!
However, with half-time fast approaching, Madrid made the breakthrough. Benzema set up both Ronaldo's opener and a quick second goal by Bale to put the result beyond doubt seconds after halftime.
Bale failed to punish a poor clearance from Navas' opposite number Fernando Pacheco at the other end, but Madrid led in the 44th minute.
The Frenchman had Ronaldo and Bale charging forwards to his right and left. Good goal from Real Madrid.
"I think he has been one of the players that has turned Real Madrid around over the last couple of weeks".
Ronaldo passed up the opportunity to complete his hat-trick as he let Benzema seal Madrid's 4-0 victory over Alaves in La Liga Saturday.
Alaves come into the game high on confidence, having won three back to back games in the La Liga. The Portuguese forward's return to top form has been key to Madrid's climb up the table, with the opening goal his 13th in the league this season.