Yesterday, Real Madrid, the leaders of the Spanish Football League, returned to victories and swept its counterpart Valencia 4-1 in the twentieth stage on Saturday thanks to the attacking duo of the French “explosive” Karim Benzema and the Brazilian Vinicius Junior, at a stage where Barcelona stumbled dramatically after Granada scored the equalizer 1 -1 minute before the end of normal time.
And the Royal Club, which lost to Getafe in the previous stage 0-1, strengthened its position at the top of the standings with 49 points, eight points ahead of Seville, who faces Getafe on Sunday, hoping to reduce the difference to five points again. On the other hand, Valencia, who suffered its sixth loss this season, stuck at 28 points in ninth place.
Real’s goals were scored by Benzema, two goals (43 from a penalty kick and 88), and the return to the squad after recovering from the Corona virus, Vinicius Junior, scored two goals (52 and 61).
The French striker scored his 300 and then 301 goals in a Real Madrid shirt, becoming the fourth best scorer in the history of the royal club, only seven goals behind the Argentine legend of Real Madrid, Alfredo Di Stefano (308).
The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Real Madrid star and the current Manchester United, is the top scorer in the Spanish club with 351 goals, compared to 323 for Raul Gonzalez in second place. Benzema opened the scoring for the hosts with a penalty kick after Brazilian Casemiro was blocked by Valencia’s French player Mokhtar Diakhaby (42), to return and double his lead after Vinicius Junior managed to dodge two Valencia players after exchanging the ball with Benzema before he shook the net with high skill (52).
The Brazilian international striker confirmed his brilliance with a second and third personal goal for his team after German Toni Kroos cut the ball in the middle of the field and sent it to Marco Asensio with a powerful shot that was blocked by Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, to be followed by Vinicius Junior with his head in the empty goal (61). Valencia managed to reduce the difference after the referee awarded a penalty kick after a mistake from the French Ferland Mendy on Marcos Andre inside the region, the Portuguese Gonçalo Guedic and brilliantly blocked by the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, to be followed by Gudis with his head into the goal (76).
Mendy compensated for the mistake he made with a decisive pass inside the area to his compatriot Benzema and his back to the goal, so he controlled the ball with his left foot, turned and hit the floor in the “bat” net (88).
Frustrating draw for Barcelona
Granada imposed on its imperfect guest Barcelona a fatal 1-1 draw, preventing it from achieving its third consecutive victory in all competitions. The Catalan team was on its way to collecting the three points before the Andalusian club managed to deal a severe blow to the Blaugrana fans with a equalizer through Antonio Puertas (89), after Dutchman Luke de Jong gave the lead to coach Xavi Hernandez’s men (57).
The Catalan club played with a deficit since the 79th minute after its player Gavi was expelled after receiving two yellow cards. Barcelona fell to sixth place with 32 points, while Granada occupies 12th place with 24 points.
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