Real Madrid star Karim Benzema scored two penalties against Celta Vigo to maintain his La Liga dominance while Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are miles behind in the title fight
Karim Benzema scored twice in the 2-1 LaLiga win with Los Blancos on course to win the title this season. But there had been controversy after they were awarded a staggering three penalties during the game.
The Real striker fired a penalty from a deadlock in the first 45 minutes, with Nolito leveling just after the break. However, Real soon had the chance to take the lead again.
Jeison Murillo fouled Rodrygo in the box to give Benzema another chance to score from the point, but this time goalkeeper Matias Dituro saved his try. But that wasn’t all as Kevin Vasquez took Ferland Mendy into the box.
This time Benzema scored and his brace proved crucial as the game ended 2-1, but Aspas was then furious. And the former Liverpool star even went so far as to accuse the referee of match-fixing.
The striker said: “He [the referee] only needed the final whistle for the fourth penalty to execute it himself. It seems like a Benzema hat-trick is what he wanted and was looking for.”
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The result brought Real closer to their second league title in three years, which came closer to reality after that barcelona Victory over Seville on Sunday night. That means Carlo Ancelotti’s men are 12 points clear with eight games to go.
Pedri’s miracle goal against Julen Lopetegui’s men has put Barca in second place, a remarkable turnaround after a disastrous start to the season under Ronald Koeman. Xavi came in and revitalized the Blaugrana and gave them confidence for the next year.
Winning the Europa League would be a decent season for Los Cules considering their previous troubles real Madrid have their sights set on them Champions League. They face each other Chelsea where they seek revenge.
The Blues easily beat Real on their way to European glory last season, while Los Blancos have not won the title since 2018 when they won it three years in a row. Fede Valverde has insisted they are thinking of revenge as he said: “It’s a chance for us to get revenge after last year. We have the players, the hunger and the motivation to achieve our goal.”
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