He scored in stoppage time in the second half of Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Sevilla on Sunday, putting them one step closer to capturing the Spanish league title for the second time in three seasons.
Madrid conceded two goals four minutes apart in the first half, but recovered to win and take a 15-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table with six rounds remaining.
“Everyone expects Madrid to falter, but Madrid does not falter,” claimed Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. “Madrid is a city with heart, personality, and quality. It was a well-deserved victory. The league isn’t done yet; there are still a few games to go, but it was a major push for us.”
Barcelona is Madrid’s closest rival, with two games in hand.
With 25 goals, the France striker leads the Spanish league and is having one of his greatest seasons yet with Real Madrid. He had previously proven his worth in recent Champions League matches against PSG and Chelsea, playing a key role in Real Madrid’s run to the semifinals.
After opening the scoring with Ivan Rakitic’s low free kick in the 21st minute and adding to the advantage with Erik Lamela’s goal from inside the box on a breakaway in the 25th minute, Sevilla appeared to be on its way to an easy victory.
But Madrid took control after that and drew closer with Rodrygo’s close-range strike in the 50th minute after a feed from Dani Carvajal. In the 82nd minute, Carvajal set up Nacho Fernández’s equalizer from inside the area, just moments after Nacho had joined the game.
After a lengthy video review, Madrid attacker Vincius Jnior had a goal disallowed in the 74th minute for hand ball.
Sevilla has been plagued by injuries, winning just one of its last six league games. It remained level on points with Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in fourth position. On Monday, they face relegation-threatened Cádiz.
With a win at its Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium, Sevilla could have cut Madrid’s lead to nine points, but instead saw its 15-game unbeaten home streak come to an end.
After a ball from Rodrygo two minutes into stoppage time, Benzema scored his 15th goal in the last ten games with a close-range strike.
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