Benzema scores as Real Madrid win at Elche

Benzema scores as Real Madrid win at Elche

Real Madrid defeated Elche to extend their La Liga lead to six points thanks to a goal from Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.

Benzema connected with Rodrygo before slotting home from 18 yards after two previous attempts were disallowed by the video assistant referee.

Following Federico Valverde’s goal, Madrid’s lead increased by two goals.

Marco Asensio’s third goal extended Real’s winning streak to ten games.

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With their victory in El Clasico on Sunday, Real extended their lead over rivals Barcelona by three points. Xavi’s team will have the chance to close the gap on Thursday when they host Villarreal.

Elche is currently last in La Liga, so it was going to be a difficult night from the get-go. After six minutes, Benzema had a goal disallowed for offside in the buildup.

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After 11 minutes, Valverde’s left-footed outside-the-area goal gave Carlo Ancelotti’s team the lead. However, David Alaba and Karim Benzema’s goals were later disallowed for offside.

It left Benzema free to ironically draw a square in celebration of his fifth league goal of the year, much like the referee does during a VAR review.

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Real, who have nine wins and one tie as they try to defend their league title, completed a lovely free-flowing move with a hooked finish from Asensio.

For the first time since the 1991–1992 season, they have won their first six away league games.

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