Real closing in on LaLiga title


Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio were among the goals as Real Madrid saw off Deportivo Alaves to extend their lead over FC Barcelona to four points.

Raphael Varane and Ferland Mendy slotted in at the back in the absence of the suspended Sergio Ramos and injured Marcelo following last Sunday’s win over Athletic Bilbao.

Real lived on the cusp early on as Joselu headed against the top of the crossbar following a cross from the left three minutes gone, with Varane clearing the follow-up attempt off the goal-line.

Los Blancos though drew first blood when Benzema slotted home from the penalty spot after Mendy went down in the area 11 minutes in, with the Video Assistant Referee awarding the spot-kick.

Mendy had a blinder as his delivery from the left nearly resulted in an own-goal by Victor Camarasa, who looked to avert the danger before 20 minutes.

Alaves were forced into a change at the midway stage with Martin Aguirregabiria replacing Ximo Navarro, who had to be carried off the field following a knock.

Problems remained for Real as Oliver Burke skinned Eder Militao out wide to find Joselu, who failed to profit with the goal gaping shortly before halftime.

Real doubled their tally five minutes into the second half when Asensio turned home Benzema’s ball from the right, as VAR intervened after it was initially disallowed by the man in the middle.

Roberto denied the home side a third goal with a string of saves off Rodrygo, Lucas Vazquez and Benzema towards the final quarter of the second half.

Joselu could’ve gone on target with a rasping shot from the inside left-channel 61 minutes in, but Courtois parried effectively which also proved to be the final real opening for the visitors.

Zinedine Zidane's men had opportunities to go further in front towards the final whistle, but 2-0 was how the match ended at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Clinical Man United too strong for Villa

City put five past sorry Newcastle

Title-chasing Barca relegate city rivals