Benzema at the double for 10-man Los Blancos! Real Madrid cruised into third place in LaLiga after Karim Benzema inspired Santiago Solariās side to victory over Espanyol.
Karim Benzema scored twice during a rampant first-half display as 10-man Real Madrid moved into third place in LaLiga with a 4-2 victory at Espanyol.
Having lost 1-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, Madrid were quick to ensure they did not suffer a similar fate this time around ā Benzema ending a three-match scoreless run before Sergio Ramos, who later went off injured, doubled the visitorsā tally with his 50th headed goal for Los Blancos.
Leo Baptistao hauled Espanyol back into the contest, but Benzema had the final say of a frantic opening 45 minutes when he slotted in on the stroke of half-time.
Gareth Baleās goal three minutes after his introduction added further gloss, only for Raphael Varaneās red card to make things complicated, but though Roberto Rosalesā stunning volley set up a thrilling finale, Espanyol could not muster an unlikely comeback.
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