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2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Joselu (59')
  • Casemiro (15')
  • Karim Benzema (41', 70')
  • Eden Hazard (45'+1')

Real Madrid ease past Alaves on Karim Benzema brace, Eden Hazard strike

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Karim Benzema scored twice and Eden Hazard picked up a rare goal as Real Madrid beat Alaves 4-1 in handy fashion in La Liga on Saturday.

Real Madrid, who were without manager Zinedine Zidane due to COVID, took the lead early in the first half when Casemiro headed home in the 15th minute from a corner kick.

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Benzema and Hazard, who scored for just the second time all season, added a pair of well-taken goals shortly before half-time as Madrid took a 3-0 lead into the break.

Alaves pulled one back shortly before the hour mark when Joselu beat Thibaut Courtois from a Lucas Perez cross following a set piece to trim Real's lead to two goals.

Benzema put any hopes of a comeback for the hosts away soon after the Joselu goal, cutting in from the left on a counter-attack and burying a right-footed shot that Alaves' Fernando Pacheco had no chance to save.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 25 +31 59
2 Barcelona 26 +35 56
3 Real Madrid 26 +23 54
4 Sevilla FC 25 +15 48
5 Real Sociedad 26 +22 45
6 Real Betis 25 -5 39
7 Villarreal 26 +5 37
8 Athletic Bilbao 25 +7 33
9 Celta Vigo 26 -6 33
10 Granada 26 -12 33
11 Levante 26 0 32
12 Valencia 26 -4 30
13 Osasuna 26 -12 28
14 Cádiz 26 -19 28
15 Getafe 26 -11 27
16 Real Valladolid 26 -12 25
17 Elche 25 -14 24
18 Eibar 26 -9 22
19 Alavés 25 -19 22
20 Huesca 26 -15 20