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Real Madrid got seven points clear from Benzema

Karim Benzema

Kriralok Desk: The France international scored his 17th goal of the season when he diverted home Luka Modric’s wayward shot five minutes before half-time.

Visitors pressed late on but were unable to find an equalizer and remain eighth, without a win in six games.

Victory extended Real’s advantage over defending champions Atletico Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were the dominants for long periods, having 62% possession and 17 shots on goal.

A breakthrough was made by them when Benzema turned to his home from 10 yards for his 12th league goal of the season after Modric skewed a shot into his path when Unai Simon parried Marco Asensio’s effort.

Benzema has now scored 35 goals in 46 games in all competitions for Real in 2021, equalling his best goalscoring tally in a single calendar year for the club in 2019.

Mikel Vesga was twice denied by good Real blocks, while Yeray and Oier Zarraga both failed to hit the target with late efforts.

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