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Benzema brace and victory in Cádiz

MATCH REPORT. 22/04/2021. Alberto Navarro. Photographer: Antonio Villalba

Two goals from the striker and one from Odriozola, assisted by the Frenchman, clinched the win at the Ramón de Carranza stadium.

Real Madrid once again showed their battling spirit in the fight for the league title with an emphatic away display against Cádiz at the Ramón de Carranza stadium. The Whites picked up a crucial win to extend their unbeaten run to 16 games. Zinedine Zidane’s side set themselves on course for victory with three first-half goals in the space of ten minutes. Karim Benzema was once again inspirational in his side’s win with a brace and an assist for Odriozola.
 
The match was evenly balanced in the opening stages and in the 23rd minute Madrid thought they should have had a penalty after a shirt-tug on Rodrygo by Jairo in the penalty box. Seven minutes later the deadlock was broken. Madrid were awarded a penalty when the VAR was consulted after a foul on Vinicius Jr. by Iza and Benzema converted the spot-kick. The Frenchman has now scored all 11 of the penalties he has taken in his LaLiga career.

Three minutes later, Nacho won the ball back in opposition territory, Benzema sent the ball into the box with his left and Odriozola headed home to become the sixteenth madridista to have found the net so far this campaign. With 40 minutes on the clock, Casemiro crossed this time, and who else but Benzema was waiting to power home a fierce header past Ledesma and complete his brace. The madridista forward made history on the night, becoming the first player ever to score against all 35 teams he’s faced in the competition.
 
Third successive clean sheet
The game seemed all but over following the visitors’ sublime first-half performance and with an hour gone, Zidane brought on Carvajal for his return from injury, as well as Isco and Asensio, to replace Odriozola, Varane and Vinicius Jr. Fourteen minutes later, Mariano came on alongside Miguel, who was making his Madrid debut, while Benzema and Marcelo made way. Real Madrid barely gave their opponents a sniff in the closing stages, demonstrating impressive defensive solidity once again to clinch a third consecutive clean sheet. A victory and now attentions turn to another huge clash in the title race this Saturday against Betis at the Di Stéfano (9:00pm CEST).

SIXTEEN MATCHES UNBEATEN

The win at the Ramón de Carranza means Real Madrid are now unbeaten in 16 games. The run began back on the 6th of February against Huesca, with Zidane's men winning 12 of their fixtures since.

BENZEMA ON FORM

Karim Benzema not only hit a brace at the Ramón de Carranza, he also made LaLiga history by becoming the first player ever to have scored against all 35 teams he's faced in the competition. The only man who comes close to matching the Frenchman's efforts is Hugo Sánchez (33 de 33).

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The referee

Mateu Lahoz (Valencia), assisted on the lines by Cebrián Devis and De Francisco Grijalba. Muresan Muresan was the fourth official, while De Burgos Bengoechea (Basque) was on the VAR.

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