real Madrid defeated Elche de Fran Escriba 2-1 yesterday in La Liga, with a brace in the second half from French striker Karim Benzema securing the win.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are now second in the standings, six points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid. It hasn’t been smooth sailing this season for Real Madrid, and the game against Elche has highlighted their shortcomings.
Center-back Dani Calvo put Elche ahead in the second half, but Benzema’s heroism secured a victory for Los Blancos. The Frenchman continues to be Real Madrid’s most important attacking player and has scored 15 league goals this season.
Zidane rested the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, with Federico Valverde and Isco starting the match. Kroos and Modric were brought in as substitutes later in the game, but apart from Benzema, it was young Brazilian striker Rodrygo who played a crucial role.
Benzema’s dependence on leading the attack is that Brazilian midfielder Casemiro is Real Madrid’s second goalscorer this season, with five goals. Forwards like Eden Hazard and Vinicius Junior have struggled this season, with injuries playing a role as well.
Real Madrid will now focus on the UEFA Champions League. They will face Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta in the second leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
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