Real Madrid has continued to keep pace with Barcelona on the La Liga table as they recorded another win against Valencia at their temporary home, Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, on Thursday.
With the maximum points secured, the galacticos have now reduced the gap between them and the Blaugrana to two points. They had town the first games on their return to La Liga action with a win after three months of the coronavirus-enforced break with the same scoreline against Eibar.
The visitors would have gone ahead early in the game through Rodrigo Moreno in the 21st minutes. The sharp forward slid the ball past Courtois from Carlos Soler’s pass. But the goal was ruled offside by the Video Assistance Referee (VAR) because Maxi Gomez, who interfered with the play, was offside making the first half to end goalless.
The goal rain in the second half
Kareem Benzema opened the scoring account for Real Madrid in the 61st minute. The Frenchman scored his 15th of the campaign when he was teed-up by Eden Hazard after swapping passes with Luka Modric. Benzema made no mistake to shoot past Cillessen and gave Real Madrid a precious lead.
Marco Asensio, who has had a terrible year on the treatment table, scored with his first touch. The dazzling young Spaniard was out of action for ten months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury in a friendly against Arsenal. Thanks for the coronavirus, he would have missed the entire season normally. He beat the Valencia goalie, Jasper Cillessen, with a sweetly executed side-foot volley into the far corner.
Benzema got his brace, which is his 16th goal in the league this season, with a wonderful volley from Asensio’s assist via a pass from the right to put the game to bed.
Valencia finished the game a man less when Lee Kang-in was sent off for kicking out widely at Ramos’ ankles.
Asensio, in a personal video posted on the club’s Twitter handle, expressed the excitement to be back in action and scoring on his return as well.
“Hello Madridistas, I am very happy to be back playing, to have scored, and to be back winning with the team. I want to thank the whole team and the medical staff who have helped me. A big hug to all of the fans!”
🤩💪⚽️@marcoasensio10: “Hello madridistas, I am very happy to be back playing, to have scored and to be back winning with the team. I want to thank the whole team and the medical staff who have helped me. A big hug to all of the fans!” pic.twitter.com/hz4yIGawaX
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) June 18, 2020
Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, (Asensio), Benzema, Hazard (Vinícius Júnior)
Unused subs: Areola, Militão, Bale, Marcelo, Rodríguez, Díaz, Altube, Rodrygo, Hernández
Goals: Benzema (61, 86), Asensio (74)
Cillessen, Wass, Guillamón, Mangala, Gayà, Torres (Guedes), Parejo, (Coquelin), Kondogbia, Soler (Cherychev), Rodrigo (Lee), Gómez (Gameiro)
Doménech, Correia, Costa, Diakhaby, Vallejo Galván, Sobrino, Florenzi
Bookings: Gaya, Guillamon, Lee (sent off).
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