Karim Benzema scored a magnificent double in Alavès on January 23, 2021. -

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Under pressure after two poor performances, Real Madrid played on Saturday against Alavés 4-1 for the 20th day of La Liga, and allows Zinédine Zidane, threatened and absent due to Covid-19, to breathe for a short week, at the less.

Benzema leads the way

A few days after the double elimination in the semifinals of the Spanish Supercup (2-1 against the future winner, Athletic Bilbao, on January 14) and in the Copa del Rey (against a D3 team, Alcoyano, 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday), the Merengues quickly widened the gap thanks to nice goals from Casemiro (15th, header), Eden Hazard (45th + 1) and a superb double from Karim Benzema (shot in top corner 41st, tumbled side left 70th), despite the reduction of Joselu's score from the head (60th).

Hazard gives signs of life

This is only Hazard's 3rd goal in 12 games this season in all competitions.

The Belgian had not scored in La Liga since October 31, in an easy victory against Huesca (4-1).

“Eden did 63 very good minutes.

He's fine, we just took him out to bring some freshness.

The best version of Hazard, we saw it a little today (Saturday), and I believe that we will see it more and more in the matches to come ”, assured Bettoni in press conference of post-match, he we often saw on the phone with Zidane during the game.


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