Karim Benzema scored a first-half double to help Real Madrid cruise to a 3-0 victory away to Cadiz on Wednesday that moved them top of La Liga.
The Frenchman’s brace came either side of a maiden senior league goal for defender Alvaro Odriozola, as Real moved onto 70 points, level with city rivals Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand, but top due to their better head-to-head record.
Benzema netted his first from the penalty spot on the half hour following a VAR intervention, which spotted an Isaac Carcelen foul on Vinicius that referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz had missed.
The striker’s goal took him level with club great Raul Gonzalez as having scored against 35 different opponents in La Liga.
He turned provider three minutes later when he crossed for Odriozola.
Casemiro should have made it three moments later when he fired over from close range, however five minutes before the break he crossed for Benzema, who completed his double to seal the points for Zinedine Zidane‘s side.
This win comes on the same evening that they and 11 other leading European clubs were announcing their plans to form a breakaway Super League – a project that has seemingly now collapsed just three days later.
Real president Florentino Perez has been one of the most vocal advocates of the proposed competition, telling Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones that it had been devised “to save football”.
Real have still yet to announce their withdrawal from the Super League, despite the majority of the rest of the clubs doing so, including all six English sides.