Karim Benzema has delivered another moment of magic on Sunday, June 28, 2020, as Real Madrid took a two-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga by beating Espanyol.
According to Channels TV, Benzema’s volley against Valencia could be goal of the season and he might now have a claim to best assist too after his brilliant backheel teed up Casemiro to finish for a crucial 1-0 win.
Madrid’s advantage in the table, coming after Barca’s draw away at Celta Vigo on Saturday, June 27, 2020, is their biggest since February and puts them within sight of their second league title in eight years.
Benzema said: “It’s a very important win. I can’t say we don’t look at Barcelona, of course we do, but we’re focused on our own league. There are not many games left and every game now is a final.”
Zinedine Zidane said Eden Hazard took a knock to his ankle.
By the time his side play at home to Getafe on Thursday, June 27, 2020, they might even have the chance to move further clear, if in-form Atletico Madrid avoid defeat on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Camp Nou.
Barcelona certainly have the harder run-in, with a resurgent Villarreal side to follow Atletico and then local rivals Espanyol, who have shown they might yet finish strong after a determined performance under new coach Franciso Rufete.
Rufete, who was previously the club’s sporting Director, is Espanyol’s fourth Coach of the season after the sacking of Abelardo Fernandez on Saturday.
His task is now to make up a nine-point gap between his team in 20th and Celta in 17th.
They were undone by a piece of instinctive brilliance from Benzema, who has been the catalyst for Madrid sealing five wins out of five since La Liga restarted on June 11, 2020.