Real Madrid battled past struggling Alaves to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points

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Real Madrid battled past struggling Alaves to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points.

Real Madrid battled past struggling Alaves to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points

Carlo Ancelotti’s team failed to produce any clear-cut chances in the first half, but Marco Asensio’s looping goal broke the deadlock on 63 minutes.

Ancelotti’s side outplayed Sevilla in the second half and now lead the league by seven points with one game remaining.

For much of the game, the home fans were booing, then Vinicius Jr scored from close range after a nice team move.

Real’s third goal came from an injury-time penalty converted by striker Karim Benzema.

Alaves should have taken the lead, but Pere Pons shot wide after rounding Thibaut Courtois, leaving the goal empty.

Real Madrid battled past struggling Alaves to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points

If the substitute had taken that chance just minutes after coming on, he would have infuriated an already agitated Bernabeu audience.

Following a terrible first half, the home fans whistled loudly as the players exited the field at halftime.

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When Asensio curled home a beautiful opening goal, the Spaniard put his finger to his lips, urging the fans to cheer rather than jeer the players.

Fernando Pacheco saved Vinicius Jr’s low attempt, and Benzema’s follow-up was cleared off the line, but the Brazilian striker polished off a wonderful passing play for the second in the 80th minute.

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Benzema hit the post with a shot but converted from the spot late in the game after Rodrygo was tripped inside the box.

Meanwhile, Alaves had chances of their own, but Jason shot over from the center of the box and Luis Rioja struck straight at Courtois.

Real Madrid lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris St-Germain on Tuesday, and their lead at the top will be sliced to four points again if second-placed Sevilla defeats Espanyol on Sunday.

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