Madrid edge past Espanyol to go two clear of Barcelona

Tanya Simon
June 30, 2020

"There are not many games left and every game now is a final". He has the high quality of a No. 10, not a No. 9.

The Frenchman has been instrumental in Real Madrid's rise to the top of the table, especially since the return to action this month, with three goals, assists and key play to his name to help Madrid leapfrog Barcelona at the top of the ladder.

Right after the match, Casemiro insisted all credit for his objective should really go to Benzema. An inconsistent Gareth Bale, and a couple of youngsters from Brazil, Vinicious Junior and Rodrygo, both 19 are Benzema's partners when they are deemed fit.

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro slid to the ground to guide the ball home on the stroke of halftime after being played in by a stroke of genius from Benzema, who dragged the ball through the legs of his marker Bernardo Espinosa to find his team mate. His incredible backheel sent Madrid to top of the points table and also widen the gap in the standings making their La Liga title win nearly imminent with only six games to go.

Zinedine Zidane said Eden Hazard took a knock to his ankle.

Barcelona's dramatic draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday opened the door for Real Madrid to seize control of the La Liga title race but the magnitude of what was at stake looked to weigh on their shoulders.

Ante Rebic broke the deadlock in the second half and Hakan Calhanoglu converted a late penalty after Roma defender Chris Smalling's foul on Theo Hernandez.

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"It would be a bit unfair to chat about my goal right after what Karim did", he advised reporters. I asked for the ball in space, and his backheel pass was incredible.

The LaLiga giants boast the best defensive record in the league as they have conceded just 21 goals from 31 matches.

Before that, he had been coaching the Team B in 2014 many years after retiring as a player after eight years as a Madridista. It's a attractive team goal.

However, despite Champions League glory and much success in the Madrid hot-seat, Zidane revealed he may not last much longer in his current job. "I knew that Casemiro was behind me, but for me that was just normal football", Benzema said of his contribution to the goal at the final whistle.

It was a cruel blow on rock-bottom Espanyol at the end of an encouraging first-half display which saw forward Wu Lei spurn a host of chances to give their faint hopes of avoiding relegation a timely shot in the arm.

Levante effectively sealed their top-flight status with a thumping 4-2 win at home to Real Betis.

Eibar edged closer to La Liga survival with a 2-1 victory at Granada.

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