Sport Benzema matches Ronaldo scoring run as Militao proves his value to Madrid

02:26  11 april  2021
02:26  11 april  2021 Source:   goal.com

Benzema equals Ronaldo

 Benzema equals Ronaldo © provided by Sports.co.uk associated with Real Madrid. No surprise, Karim Benzema was elected Player of March in Liga, Friday. The key striker of Real Madrid has made a lot of 3 championship matches played, since he scored 5 goals and given a decisive pass. Its equalization against the atteltico at the end of the match is crucial in the title race.

Goals for Benzema , who has now found the net in his last 7 LaLiga games, and Kroos, clinch three points for Madrid at the Di Stéfano against Barcelona. Casemiro was sent off for a second yellow card in the 90th minute as the home side looked to defend their lead with the game alive until the very last play of the match as Ilaix rattled the crossbar at the death. Madrid came out on top in the Clásico and now switch their attentions to the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool (Wednesday, 9pm CEST).

Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid the lead in Seville with a perfectly executed header.The Fan jumps the barrier and sprints at a shocked Militao . This was Benzema 's 35th goal in all competitions over the last two seasons, proving that he really has stepped up in Cristiano Ronaldo 's absence. Carvajal's role in this goal can't be underestimated, as his attacking qualities were on show with his

To borrow a line from Meatloaf, two out of three ain't bad for Real Madrid.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Karim Benzema celebrates after his audacious finish against rivals Barcelona. © Angel Martinez/Getty Images Karim Benzema celebrates after his audacious finish against rivals Barcelona.

A 2-1 triumph over Barcelona sees Zinedine Zidane's side take over at the top of the table. Their stay at the LaLiga summit could only last 24 hours - long-time leaders and noisy neighbours Atletico can go back above them if they take a point from their game in hand - but, make no mistake, Los Blancos are in the thick of a three-way title race.

A Clasico win - meaning they have won both league meetings in a season for the first time since 2007-08 - followed on from a 3-1 result against Liverpool in the Champions League.

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Ronaldo is known for his heading prowess, but with 11 scored in that fashion in all competitions Benzema has more than the Portuguese or any other player in Europe's top leagues. Amazingly, he has also netted all of Madrid 's last eight league goals to marshal the Merengue through a difficult time following a second Athletic, whose hopes of making the Europa League placings took a bit hit thanks to Sunday's reverse, are a particularly favoured victim of the former France striker. 11 - Real Madrid 's Karim Benzema has scored 11 goals against Athletic in LaLiga, more than against any other opponent.

Real Madrid won the Clasico against Barcelona on Saturday and they did so without either of their first-choice centre-backs, with Nacho and Eder Militao both deputising and both do. Real Madrid Clasico player ratings: Militao shows he can be trusted. How did you think the victorious set of players did?

Just like in their midweek success in European action, Madrid scored twice before half-time to seize control. Barca will rue the deflection on Toni Kroos' free-kick that doubled the advantage, but they were undone for the opener by an audacious finish that capped a flowing attack.

Karim Benzema's 13th-minute goal continued a hot streak for a striker who keeps on scoring while seemingly waiting to see which rival will turn up to try and take his job.

His back-heeled finish to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the near post made it seven league games in a row where he has found the net. He becomes the fourth player for the club to manage such a streak in LaLiga: Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the feat four times, while Ruud van Nistelrooy (2007) and Gareth Bale (2018) are the other names on the list.

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Even then, benzema isn't delivering so I guess Real Madrid need to Give him his last season to prove himself. Otherwise Real can Get Edin Dzeko who would be good enough to play at such a position. Then came Madrid 's record signing in 2013, and Karim Benzema ’s status and position again in the team was discussed. But instead, he formed a deadly trio and partnership with the new Welshman and Ronaldo and they became the choice of attack for all Madrid 's coaches for a long time earning them the infamous BBC title.

Madrid top scorer Benzema reacted quickest to flick in a Lucas Vazquez cross at the near post to put the hosts ahead, then Kroos added the second 15 minutes later, his free-kick taking a deflection off Sergino Dest. Barcelona's superb run of 19 matches unbeaten ended in respectable style, although they were furious when they were refused a penalty after substitute Martin Braithwaite went down inside the penalty area with eight minutes remaining. The result also gave Madrid a sixth successive win in all competitions and ended Barca's impressive string of seven domestic victories.

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Blaise Matuidi standing in front of a crowd: It's no coincidence that the Portuguese superstar has won the Champions League five times. Wherever he has played, whether it be Manchester United (15 goals), Real Madrid (105) or now Juventus (14) – Cristiano Ronaldo has always found the back of the net. With 134 goals, Ronaldo is the undisputed top scorer in Europe's top club competition. (*as of March 15, 2021)

Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have been heavily linked with Madrid, but Benzema remains the man right now.

Since Ronaldo departed the club in 2018, the Frenchman has stepped up to become the focal point in the front line. He has scored 21 LaLiga goals in each of the previous two seasons, while this term he is already up to 19. With plenty of games remaining, his career-best tally of 24, managed in 2015-16 despite making just 27 appearances, is well within his sights.

If Madrid were to retain their title, his role was always going to be significant, despite the transfer speculation. Hopes of a second successive crown appeared distant, however, when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Levante on January 30, at which stage the champions sat seven points behind Atleti, who also had two games in hand.

Eder Militao was sent off in that Levante loss, dismissed after just eight minutes and 12 seconds. It was a short-lived third start in LaLiga this term, while the Brazilian defender had also been in the Madrid team that suffered a shock Copa del Rey exit to Alcoyano 10 days earlier.

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Benzema nearly doubled Madrid ’s lead on the hour, only to have his goal ruled out when he was stopped for an incorrect offside decision. Madrid ’s inability to control possession in midfield was highlighted by Alonso picking up a booking for a rugby tackle on Lass Bangoura after they once lost the ball in midfield. Madrid won the corresponding fixture last season by a single goal, with Ronaldo ´s wonderful back-heel settling a tight contest. The Portuguese international was making his 47th consecutive La Liga appearance and doubled his side’s lead from the spot with 20 minutes remaining

Asensio took his recent run of fine form a step further with his fourth goal in four matches , dinking the ball cutely over Alisson Becker and then smashing it home. It capped a perfect first half for Madrid , but Liverpool, with Thiago Alcantara introduced in place of Naby Keita just before half-time, came out to play after the break and quickly pulled one back through Mohamed Salah. Lucas Vazquez, who played Salah onside, is a winger, while Nacho and Eder Militao are stand-ins for Ramos and Varane. But before Liverpool could convert their best spell in the game into an equaliser, Vinicius struck again.

The big-money signing from Porto in 2019 had yet to convince in the Spanish capital, to put it nicely.

His role may have remained as someone on the periphery of the first-team picture, too, had Zidane not suddenly been faced with a shortage of options to line up at the heart of his defence. However, with captain Sergio Ramos again sidelined and Raphael Varane self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, Militao stepped up to show his value during a critical stretch for his club.

The centre-back made a game-high six clearances on Saturday, as well as three blocks. Forget the heavy rain that beseiged Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano throughout the second half; a Barca tide came his way, yet - alongside Nacho - he made sure Madrid did not go under.

Just like against Liverpool, the makeshift pairing defied expectations. A potential point of weakness has instead helped fortify the team, with a partnership born out of necessity helping to change the outlook ahead of the run-in. If they can do something similar in the second leg at Anfield on Wednesday, a double remains distinctly doable.

Perhaps, too, Militao has shown that there can be life after Ramos, whose contract is fast running out at Madrid, just as there has been since Ronaldo said his farewells and headed for Turin.

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Liverpool will have to defy the odds once again in Europe on Wednesday night if they want to secure their passage to the Champions League semi-finals. Jurgen Klopp's side are on the brink of crashing out of Europe following a tame 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the quarter-final tie in the Spanish capital last week.Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio were on the scoresheet for Los Blancos as they put one foot in the semi-finals. But Madrid will know that Liverpool have been here before, most recently when they stunned Barcelona at Anfield after a 3-0 deficit from the first leg at the Nou Camp two years ago.

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