Benzema bags hat-trick as Valladolid hit for six

RMA: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Asensio; Benzema

VLL: Asenjo; Fresneda, Fernandez, El Yamiq; Rosa, Monchu, Hongla, Mesa, Perez; Leon, Plata

During the first half, Real Madrid completely demolished Real Valladolid – as the guests failed to disturb Thibaut Courtois, with the exception of two shots that hit the posts. The first goal of the game came thanks to wonderful buildup play by Asensio, who provided a great assist to Rodrygo. The Brazilian finished clinically, sending a right-footed strike to the far post from the right side of the box.

Real Madrid doubled their lead before the thirty-minute mark, with Karim Benzema heading in a low cross from his strike partner Vinicius Jr, just seven minutes after the opener. Three minutes later, Vinicius gifted Benzema another great assist that the French striker tucked away from outside the box. At that point, Valladolid could do nothing other than observe how well Real Madrid controlled the game with an impressive authority.

Benzema wasn’t done there though, and bagged his third four minutes later with an acrobatic overhead kick, after Rodrygo found the Frenchman with a cross towards the penalty spot. Real were four goals to the good after 36 minutes, thanks to a seven-minute hat trick from their star striker!

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The game went to half-time with the Santiago Bernabéu as excited as it used to be – despite los Blancos being 12 points below Barcelona in the LaLiga standings. The second half started similarly to the first one, with Valladolid hitting the woodwork from outside the box.

During the first fifteen minutes of the half, the tempo seemed to be slowing down – but in the 64th minute, Rodrygo added another goal to his record. The Brazilian’s effort was unfortunately ruled out though, because of a handball in the build-up from Vinicius Jr.

Marco Asensio found Rodrygo inside the box in the 73rd minute, but the Brazilian immediately played the return pass and Asensio fired past the Valladolid ‘keeper – sending Real Madrid 5-0 up! Lucas Vázquez finished the game off in injury time, capitalising on an error from the visitors and picking out the bottom corner for Madrid’s sixth goal of the afternoon.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side now turn their attention to their Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona, which the Blaugrana lead after they won the first leg 1-0. Valladolid’s next fixture is against Mallorca, who sit comfortably in the 12th position of the table after the goalless draw they obtained against Osasuna on Friday.

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