As usual, Karim Benzema played the saviors for Real Madrid this Sunday. As Madrid were held to a draw against Espanyol Barcelona, the Frenchman scored a brace in the dying minutes to snatch the victory, 3-1.
Despite Vinicius Junior opening the score on a very good opening by Aurélien Tchouaméni in the 12th minute, the Merengues ended up being joined just before half-time, on a good recovery from Joselu who managed to beat Thibaut Courtois in two stages (43rd).
But Karim Benzema, crowned best player of the season by UEFA on Thursday, came out of hiding in the 88th to stretch the flat of his right foot to the far post on the fall of a center signed Rodrygo, and snatch the three points. After additional time (90th + 10), the former Lyonnais even converted a direct free kick.
Flawless for Real
Espanyol’s French goalkeeper, Benjamin Lecomte, was sent off on a direct red card for a foul on Dani Ceballos outside the box, and it was central defender Leandro Cabrera who put on the gloves to slip into the post. goalkeeper, and conceded the set piece of the favorite for the Ballon d’Or.
Thanks to this success on the wire, the Merengue return to the top of La Liga ahead of Betis Sevilla, winner of Osasuna 1-0 on Friday, and who also made it clear by having won their first three games. With his double, Karim Benzema responds to Robert Lewandowski, also author of two goals this Sunday, during the victory of FC Barcelona against Valladolid, 4-0.