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Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema scored as Real Madrid’s victory over Elche


Real Madrid defeated Elche to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to six points on the strength of a goal from Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.

After having two prior attempts disallowed by the video assistant referee, Benzema teamed up with Rodrygo before slotting home from 18 yards.

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

Real extended their winning streak to ten games with a third goal from Marco Asensio.

With their win in El Clasico on Sunday, Real extended their advantage over rivals Barcelona by three points. However, Xavi’s team will have the chance to close the distance on Thursday when they play Villarreal.

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

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 to humorously draw a square in celebration of his fifth league goal of the year, just like the referee does during a VAR review.

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

They have won their opening six away league games for the first time since the 1991–1992 season.


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