Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Eden Hazard scores first LaLiga goal since OCTOBER while Karim Benzema braces Zinedine Zidane’s side four points from the top
- Real Madrid made light work of Deportivo Alaves on Saturday evening with comfortable 4-1 winners
- Eden Hazard silenced his critics by scoring his first LaLiga goal since October just before half time
- Casemiro hit the opener to put Zinedine Zidane’s side on the road before Real Madrid subsequently took control
- Karim Benzema was the star of the show when he hit a brace to ensure Real were four points behind the front runners
Eden Hazard scored and saw Karim Benzema score his first of two goals, while Real Madrid eased to a 4-1 win at Alaves in LaLiga on Saturday, ending a scoreless run in a match coach Zinedine Zidane missed after he suffered the coronavirus rose.
Hazard grazed a long pass to pass it on to Benzema to double the lead for Madrid in the 41st after Casemiro headed in opener in the 15th minute.
The Belgian attacker only scored his third goal of the season in injury time of the first half to build a 3-0 lead in the break. Toni Kroos regained possession in midfield and chose Hazard’s run behind a disorderly defense line to score past goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.
Eden Hazard managed to silence some of his critics when he scored his first goal in LaLiga for Real Madrid since October.
The Belgian forward was eliminated by teammate Toni Kroos and continued his run before shoving him into the corner
There was clearly joy on Hazard’s (right) face as he was congratulated by teammates who scored before half time
Joselu Mato pulled one back for Alaves after an hour when he headed in Lucas Perez’s free kick, but it was little consolation.
Benzema, who was the man of the game, made it a brace in the 70th after Luka Modric played him clear in the break. The French striker cut back to the last defender before shooting his 10th goal in the league this season.
Second place Madrid narrowed the gap with leader Atletico Madrid to four points. Atlético has two games in hand, starting with the home game against Valencia on Sunday, but their city rivals did their best to keep pressure.
Hazard’s promising performance comes amid the growing impatience of Madrid fans and some unfavorable comparisons in the Spanish sports media to former star Gareth Bale, who was also vulnerable to injuries while in Spain. Hampered by injuries, 30-year-old Hazard did not live up to the club record amount plus add-ons two seasons ago.
Brazilian defensive midfielder Casemiro (far right) gave Real Madrid an early lead and from then on they never looked back
With Zinedine Zidane positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, assistant boss David Bettoni walked the sidelines instead
Madrid assistant coach David Bettoni was on the sidelines at the Mendizorroza stadium after Madrid announced on Friday that Zidane had tested positive for COVID-19. Bettoni said on Friday that Zidane “felt fine”.
The win over struggling Alaves came after Madrid had lost two title chances in the past few days and dropped points in two of the last three league games.
After being held 0-0 to Osasuna in the league, Madrid lost to Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and was dumped from the Copa del Rey on Wednesday in a 2-1 defeat at third level Alcoyano, the winner scored with 10 men.
Alaves, which celebrated its 100th anniversary, was left one point above the relegation zone in a third straight defeat under new coach Abelardo Fernandez.
Karim Benzema hit a brace and was once again the jewel in Real Madrid’s attack when he lightened Alaves’ defense
The Frenchman threw out his arms wide to celebrate as he has now risen to 10 goals in LaLiga in the 2020-21 season.