2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Marco Asensio (41')
  • Karim Benzema (73')

Asensio, Benzema goals earn Real Madrid win to close gap on Atletico

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Real Madrid forwards Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema struck to give their side a 2-0 win at home to Eibar in La Liga on Saturday, keeping up the pressure on leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Liverpool.

Asensio finally gave Madrid the lead late in the 41st minute after his side had two goals ruled out for offside, latching on to a Casemiro through ball and curling his effort into the bottom corner despite losing his footing as he took the shot.

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After controlling the first half, Real struggled for a long spell in the second as torrential rain poured down on the Alfredo di Stefano stadium and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois almost committed a howler when he miscontrolled a backpass but managed to kick the ball away just before it crossed the line.

Real then had a goal ruled out for offside for the third time but eventually got the all-important second goal when Benzema headed home a cross from Vinicius Jr. in the 73rd minute.

A third consecutive league win lifted Zinedine Zidane's side to second in the standings with 63 points, one point above Barcelona. Leaders Atletico, who visit Sevilla on Sunday, are on 66.

With an eye on the quarter-final first leg at home to Liverpool, Zidane shuffled his squad to rest defender Raphael Varane while starting without Toni Kroos and Vinicius, handing rare starts to Marcelo and Isco.

Sergio Ramos missed out after picking up an injury on international duty and is set to miss both games against Liverpool as well as next weekend's 'Clasico' at home to Barcelona.

Real made a bright start and should have taken the lead when an Eibar defensive mishap led to the ball falling at the feet of Benzema, giving him a free run at goal. But the French striker could not dribble past keeper Marko Dmitrovic.

Benzema later had a goal ruled offside while Asensio had the ball in the net soon after with a delightful backheel but his strike was also chalked off.

Asensio quickly overcame the setback to break the deadlock while Benzema joined him on the scoresheet in the second half, netting for the seventh game in a row in all competitions.

Spanish Primera División Standings

1 Atletico Madrid 31 +37 70
2 Real Madrid 31 +29 67
3 Barcelona 30 +43 65
4 Sevilla FC 31 +21 64
5 Villarreal 31 +14 49
6 Real Betis 31 -3 48
7 Real Sociedad 31 +15 47
8 Granada 30 -14 39
9 Levante 31 -6 38
10 Celta Vigo 31 -7 38
11 Athletic Bilbao 30 +6 37
12 Osasuna 31 -9 37
13 Cádiz 31 -18 36
14 Valencia 31 -5 35
15 Getafe 31 -12 31
16 Alavés 31 -22 27
17 Huesca 31 -15 27
18 Real Valladolid 30 -14 27
19 Elche 31 -21 26
20 Eibar 31 -19 23