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Benzema helps Madrid beat Alaves 3-0, increase lead in Spain

03 April, 2017, 02:15 | Author: Eddie Kim

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that an injury sustained by Raphael Varane during Sunday's 3-0 LaLiga win against Alaves is not serious, but is concerned the defender may have a psychological issue with his fitness. Real Madrid suffered without Benzema leading the line, with the striker opening the scoring for the home side just after the half-hour mark.

Rodriguez has fallen behind Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Isco in the pecking order - and now he wants regular first team football.

Any chance of a Granada revival was ended when Uche Agbo was shown a second yellow card eight minutes from time.

"We played against a team that are very good and have lost only a few games".

"It is true that we have many matches and therefore we must take into account every minute of the players".

Zidane had rested goalkeeper Keylor Navas, captain Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, and was missing Casemiro through suspension, but opted for a highly attacking formation. Alaves remained in 10th place. We scored three goals, maybe it's a bit hard on them, but we kept our goal to zero and that's important.

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Carvajal's burst of pace took him to the by-line and he picked out the unmarked Benzema to smash into the far corner.

Alaves had the chance to equalise seven minutes later when Ibai Gomez sent an inviting ball into the box, but Acosta Deyverson could only head the ball wide of Iker Casillas' left post and it was a chance wasted for Mauricio Pellegrino's men.

However, Isco settled their nerves when he rocketed Ronaldo's through ball into the roof of the net from a narrow angle.

There was enough time for a third goal as Nacho headed home from six-yards out, after Bale's free-kick had crashed against the crossbar.

However, Sampaoli's stock has fallen in recent weeks as Sevilla's winless run stretched to five games in all competitions despite dominating for 95 minutes at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Barcelona will know Madrid's result by the time they kick off, but whether or not that is an advantage or added pressure is a moot point, given that whatever happens they can not afford to drop points against a rival that looks condemned to the drop.

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