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Espanyol 2 Real Madrid 4: Benzema at the double for 10-man Los Blancos

Baku, January 28, AZERTAC

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, according to goal.com.

Madrid were ahead inside four minutes, Espanyol's defense wilting as Luka Modric surged forward and forced Diego Lopez into action, with Benzema on hand to tuck home the rebound.

Espanyol found themselves further behind 11 minutes later, Ramos heading Modric's pinpoint cross into the right-hand corner.

Madrid were ahead inside four minutes, Espanyol's defence wilting as Luka Modric surged forward and forced Diego Lopez into action, with Benzema on hand to tuck home the rebound.

With Modric and Benzema both squandering gilt-edged chances to extend Madrid's lead, substitute Bale made no mistake in the 67th minute, slamming in after brilliantly turning clear of his markers.

Varane's desperate lunge on Pablo Piatti gave Espanyol hope, but Rosales' VAR-awarded goal – a fantastic volley into the top corner – proved a mere consolation.

It has been a difficult season for Madrid, but after failing to win their opening two LaLiga fixtures of 2019, Santiago Solari's side have now claimed three successive victories as their battle with Sevilla for third place intensifies.

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