Benzema leads Real Madrid to overtake Elche with three goals in the Spanish league

Madrid: the star Frenchman Karim Benzema celebrated his recent coronation of the “Ballon d’Or” award, which he received from the French magazine (France Football) as the best player in the world questyear, and led his Real Madrid team to a 3-0 victory over Elche, host today, Wednesday, in the tenth stage of the Spanish football league. The riyal strengthened his position in top of the competition’s standings, having brought his score to 28 points, 6 points clear of his closest rivals, his arch-rival Barcelona, ​​which hosts Villarreal in the same phase on Thursday. Elche’s balance, on the other hand, stopped at 3 points, to continue his disastrous start in the competition in this season, and stay in bottom of the ranking. Uruguayan Federico Valverde opened the scoring for Real in the 11th minute, before Benzema added the second goal for the royal team in the 75th minute, while Marc Asensio scored the third goal in the 89th minute. for Benzema and one for the Austrian David Alaba. This easy victory comes when Real, enthusiastic about victory over Barcelona in the last leg of the league last Sunday, received a new moral boost, before the important meeting with host Sevilla on Saturday. The match began with an attack from Real Madrid, which sought a goal in advance to relax his nerves, and Karim Benzema scored a goal in the sixth minute, but the referee quickly canceled it after Brazilian colleague Vinicius Junior fell into the offside trap, before passing the ball to the French striker. The riyal transformed control of the game, after Valverde scored a goal for the royal team in the 11th minute.area, putting the ball to the right of Edgar Badia, Elche goalkeeper, hugging the net. Madrid continued their offensive activity and David Alaba scored another goal for the whites in the 26th minute, but was quickly disallowed, after Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology proved Benzema had fallen into the offside trap. , before passing the ball to the Austrian player. Elche players were relatively active after Alaba’s goal disallowed, and Nicholas Fernandez shot from outside areabut the Ukrainian Andriy Lunin, Real’s goalkeeper, pushed via with great difficulty the ball in angle that led nowhere. Only two minutes pass until the shot from outside area by Lucai Pouyi, but the ball goes in middle of the door, to go into Lunin’s arms, and the first half ends with Real’s progress on a clean net. The second half opens with a surprise attack from Elche, and Pouille nearly equalizes to the hosts in the 49th minute, when he receives a cross pass from the left, which hits directly from inside thearea, a few steps from the door, but threw the ball over the crossbar. Real organized their ranks again and Benzema scored another goal in the 60th minute, but the referee canceled it again, after it was shown that Danny Carvajal had fallen into the offside trap, before sending the ball to him. . Rodrygo misses a real chance to increase the score in the 68th minute, after receiving a cross pass from the left, to hit a header, but goes weak in Badia. Carlos Clerc of Elche, on the other hand, misses a sure chance to equalize in the 70th minute, on a cross pass from the right, to hit his head, but Lunin brilliantly removes it in corner that leads nowhere. Real’s free-kick came straight away for the opportunity lost by Elche, after Benzema scored the second goal for the royal team in the 75th minute.area, putting the ball to the right of Badia, who tried in vain to counter him to hug the net. . Real took advantage of the state of surrender that the Elche players seemed to have after Benzema’s goal, to add Marco Asensio’s third goal in the 89th minute, who only looked at them while he was in his net, to close the match with an easy victory for the team of the Italian coach Carlos Ancelotti, with a white trio. (Dpa)