Real Madrid go two points striking at best
A talented back-heeled pass by Karim Benzema on Sunday helped Real Madrid move a pace toward reclaiming the Spanish expression with a 1-0 win at RCD Espanyol.
With Espanyol about to do it to halftime with a spruce sheet, Benzema smartly unbarred the hosts’ defense. He used a no-look ravine with his heel to prod the round through the legs of defender Bernardo Espinosa and meet Casemiro’s manage into the affection of the penalty area.
Casemiro’s resulting goal and some full defending were all Madrid necessary to win and transact ahead of Barcelona by two points at the top of La Liga.
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“I see things, that is what football is to me,” Benzema said. “The assist is good, but Casemiro puts it in and gave us the three points. [The win] is thumping important. I won’t natter that we don’t pament urgency to Barca, of path we do, but we are focused on our matches and each amusement left is a final for us.”
Zinedine Zidane’s duo took welfare of Barcelona’s 2-2 originate at RC Celta de Vigo on Saturday by securing a fifth long win since the union resumed following the three-month COVID-19 suspension.
Espanyol hung on in the counterpart until Benzema and Casemiro combined to decide the contest among a trophy-chasing powerhouse and a pair needing a miracle to dodge relegation.
Espanyol’s biggest weapon was China shameless Wu Lei, whose pulsation produced two promising attacks early on.
Madrid defender Dani Carvajal blocked a beat by Sergi Darder three minutes into the diversion when Wu found him with a low cross, but Madrid proved the more dangerous angle throughout.
Casemiro forced goalkeeper Diego Lopez to palm his hurl from Madrid’s posses half over the bar, before Benzema tested him with a powerful shot in the 36th minute.
Lopez was weakly in the 45th minute when Benzema coagulate up Casemiro and the hosts never looked like recovering.
“The goal is Karim’s,” Casemiro said. “I comprehend how talented he is from years of playing together. He heard me ask for the ball in the unbarred space. The goal is 90 percent his.”
Espanyol were coached by sports supervisor Francisco Rufete, a lapsed trouper who stepped in after the mace fired Abelardo Fernandez on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno scored two superb goals to help Villarreal batter regional rivals Valencia 2-0 and stay in the fight for a UEFA Champions League spot.
Moreno passed for Alcacer to execute an meritorious bombardment and apportion Villarreal a 14th-minute lead.
Moreno added a end goal valid before halftime off a clever gorge from Santi Cazorla in an impressive couple move. Cazorla used a subtle feel to cushion a inclination circle lobbed impudent by his goalkeeper and kept it aloft for Moreno to smash home.
Villarreal are one of the hottest sides in the union since stagecraft resumed. Javier Calleja’s brace hold earned 13 of a viable 15 points since the restart and are three points from fourth nook and the closing Champions League place.
Villarreal own kept a speck less sheet in those four wins.
“The biggest tailor for our span from before the prohibition has been our improvement in defense,” Calleja said. “All our players achieve along well and they are helping each other out on the pitch. We are known to the Champions League and don’t put any border on what we can aspire to.”
Valencia are among the worst performers since the resumption having won four of 15 points and they are eight points dilatory fourth-placed Sevilla.
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar’s 2-1 win at Granada moved the Basque Country staff more away from the relegation zone, while midtable Levante UD defeated Real Betis Balompie 4-2.