None were able to revive another dreary and disjointed Madrid performance, which concluded both the season and first phase of Zidane's much-hailed return as coach.
Gareth Bale was not even given the chance to say a likely goodbye as he didn't start and didn't come on as a substitute either.
Madrid face Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu in their final match of a campaign that will see them finish third, behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Madrid had to come from behind at the Santiago Bernabeu after a dismal first-half performance
Gareth Bale's former team-mate lashes out at the Real Madrid goalkeeper for his public criticism.
Bale has won four Champions League trophies and scored 101 goals in 218 games since joining Real from Tottenham.
Spanish Football Federation has decided against punishing him, making him available for both El Clasicos.
Bale's spot-kick earned Madrid a battling and, in truth, undeserved 2-1 victory at the City of Valencia Stadium where referee Ignacio Iglesias failed to reverse his decision.
Bale had been out since January 3 with a calf strain but made an instant impact off the bench at the RCDE Stadium, where Karim Benzema continued his own rich vein of form by scoring twice.
Gareth Bale was forced off at half-time against Villarreal on Wednesday as Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw.
Bale hurt his lower left leg late in the first half on Thursday in the 2-2 draw at Villarreal. He played on until halftime when he was substituted.
Bale scored in the 44th, 53rd and 55th minutes at the Zayed Sports City Stadium to put Madrid within touching distance of a record fourth success in this competition, and their third triumph in a row.
Cengiz Under sent the ball over the bar from point-blank range with Thibaut Courtois already down on the ground in first-half added time and two defensive blunders led to Gareth Bale's goal.
Real Madrid were drifting towards a 0-0 draw at their Santiago Bernabeu home and, searching for inspiration, it was Bale´s number 11 that came up.
The 29-year-old had hoped to recover for his country's trip to Dublin on Tuesday, but Wales manager Ryan Giggs had already admitted he didn't expect the forward to be back in time.