On the occasion of the 31st day of La Liga, Real Madrid traveled to Ramón de Carranza to face Cadiz. Held in check by Getafe (0-0) last weekend, the Merengues wasted a great opportunity to get even closer to Atlético de Madrid in the standings. This Wednesday evening, Casa Blanca could therefore again put pressure on the Colchoneros in case of success. To achieve this, Zinedine Zidane lined up a 4-3-3 with the trio Vinicius Junior, Benzema, Rodrygo in attack. Alvaro Cervera opted for a 4-4-2 with the Negredo duo, Sobrino at the forefront.
The start of the match was meant to be pleasant and Izquierdo released a nice shot well captured by Courtois (12th). Rarely under pressure, Real were awarded a penalty just before the half hour mark. Benzema served Vinicius Junior in the box, but Isaac Carcelén stepped on the Brazilian winger’s foot. After consulting the VAR, the referee logically indicated the penalty spot. Karim Benzema did not shake and opened the scoring for his twentieth goal of the season in La Liga (0-1, 31st).
Karim Benzema in all the right ways
Two minutes later, the Merengues made the break. On the left, Nacho tore off and alerted Benzema, whose center found Odriozola’s victorious header (0-2, 33rd). The Casa Blanca was rolling out and delivering the final blow before the break. Vinicius in the box lost the ball which came back to Casemiro. The Brazilian midfielder centered at the far post for Benzema, whose header left no chance for Ledesma (0-3, 40 ‘).
Back from the locker room, Cadiz was more enterprising but Lozano, receiving a corner hit by Izquierdo, did not frame his head (58th). With their three goals ahead, Zidane’s men calmly managed the events. At the end of the match, Mariano Diaz on the edge of the area tried his luck, but the frame gave way (87th). Thanks to this twenty-first success of the season, Real Madrid temporarily returned to the height of Atlético de Madrid at the top of La Liga.
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