Benzema leads Real Madrid to the top of La Liga

video goals: Valladolid -Real Madrid-Played on 12/30/2022

Karim Benzema scored two goals in 6 minutes to lead Real Madrid to a difficult victory over Valladolid (2-0), this Friday evening, in the 15th round of the Spanish League.

Benzema scored the first goal in the 83rd minute from a penalty kick, before doubling the score in the 89th minute, noting that the match witnessed the expulsion of Valladolid player Sergio Leon in the 82nd minute.

Real Madrid raised its score to 38 points to temporarily take the lead, a point ahead of Barcelona, who can regain the lead if it beats Espanyol tomorrow night, and Valladolid’s balance stopped at 17 points in 15th place.

first half

The match started with Real Madrid dominating, but without a real threat, until the first threat came from Valladolid, when Sergio Leon hit a heel ball, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois caught it easily.

Real Madrid players demanded a penalty kick in the 10th minute, when Danny Ceballos hit a ball that touched the hand of Valladolid defender Javi Sanchez, but the referee did not count anything.

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The ball reached Vinicius Junior, who hit a ball that was blocked by goalkeeper Masip, to bounce back in front of Benzema, who strangely shot over the goal, wasting the opportunity to score the lead goal in the 17th minute.

Toni Kroos tried to shoot from outside the area with a powerful ball that passed over Masip’s goal in the 27th minute, then Thibaut Courtois shone in blocking a shot from Sergio Leon in the 30th minute.

Courtois continued to shine by blocking a shot from Aguado, to deny the hosts the lead, then Asensio set off and hit a powerful ball that passed over the goal, and the first half ended (0-0).

Second half

With the start of the second half, Real Madrid got a corner kick, which reached Rudiger, who hit a header that passed over the goal, then Courtois shone in blocking a header from Fernandez.

Vinicius tried to take advantage of a counterattack and with a distinguished individual effort he dodged and hit a falling ball over the goalkeeper, but it passed over the crossbar, then Benzema aimed a ball that was brilliantly saved by Masib.

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The referee of the match decided to award a penalty kick to Real Madrid, due to the presence of a handball on Javi Sanchez, and also issued a red card in the face of Sergio Leon because of his violent words against the fourth referee, in protest of the decision.

Karim Benzema rushed to take the penalty kick, and scored it successfully at the bottom left of the goal, announcing Real Madrid’s lead with the first goal in the 83rd minute.

Camavinga set off, and crossed the ball towards Karim Benzema, who hit the ball to the right of goalkeeper Jordi Masip, scoring the second goal for the Meringue, to lead the team to victory and collect the three points.

This is the 12th victory for Real in the league this season against losing a match and a draw in two matches, while this loss became the 8th for Valladolid in the league this season against winning 5 matches and a draw in two matches.

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