With a brace from Karim Benzema and another from Asensio on his return from injury, Real Madrid ran riot against Valencia in Valdebebas.
Karim Benzema proved once again why he is considered one of the most underrated strikers in football history with a new exhibition.
At the start of the game, there was a controversial call from the referee in which Rodrigo got a goal disallowed due to an odd off-side.
In the replay, VAR ruled that the player who was involved in the goal was actively participating before Rodrigo scored his goal.
This action from Valencia could’ve changed the whole outcome of the game but instead, it gave Real Madrid the focus they needed in order to score the first goal.
However, Los Blancos struggled throughout the first half to find their proper pacing and Valencia remained dangerous before half-time. It wasn’t until the second half when we got the fluid Real Madrid that the fans had been looking for.
A defensive mistake from Valencia allowed Luka Modric to recover a ball in midfield. This gave Hazard a chance to assist Benzema in Real Madrid’s first goal of the evening.
Karim completed a collective effort that made things less difficult for the locals with 30 minutes still left on the clock.
As if he never left…
But the man who made the biggest difference is a player who finally got his chance to return from a terrible injury that kept him away from the pitch since 2019.
Marco Asensio got in the game with everything still undecided and the will to change his side’s fate. Just like we remember from him. Marco scored a goal on the first ball he touched coming in from the bench. It was as if he never left, the man proved his grueling recovery process paid off.
Only a few minutes later, he assisted Karim Benzema with a beautiful pass that was eclipsed by the Frenchman’s incredible finish. It was a belter and Real Madrid’s third goal of the evening to keep La Liga championship on fire for everyone to enjoy.