La Liga 2022/23 Matchday 15 round-up | Benzema scores brace in Madrid win; Sevilla held

La Liga 2022/23 Matchday 15 round-up | Benzema scores brace in Madrid win; Sevilla held
La Liga 2022/23 Matchday 15 round-up | Benzema scores brace in Madrid win; Sevilla held
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in action with Real Valladolid’s Monchu.

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in motion with Real Valladolid’s Monchu.
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Playing his first match since his football world cup hopes had been dashed by an damage, Karim Benzema got here to the rescue of Real Madrid with a pair of late objectives to grab a 2-0 victory at 10-man Valladolid.

Benzema had a subdued exhibiting in his first aggressive match since November 2 following accidents that had restricted his availability for his membership and at last sidelined him for his France at Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022.

But the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner got here via within the remaining minutes on Friday to offer Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect the three factors it wanted to provisionally transfer to the highest of the Spanish league standings.

Madrid additionally relied on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to maintain the rating deadlocked because it struggled to create probabilities in its first recreation for the reason that league paused for seven weeks for the event in Qatar.

Valladolid defended nicely and threatened on the break at its José Zorrilla stadium till the sport lastly swung in Madrid’s favor when the video assistant referee noticed a handball within the space by defender Javi Sánchez.

Benzema stepped up and coolly slotted his penalty kick into the left nook as goalkeeper Jordi Masip fell the opposite approach to seize the lead within the 83rd minute.

Valladolid’s probabilities of attempting to find a late equalizer had been damage when striker Sergio León, one in all its most incisive gamers, was proven a direct purple card apparently for utilizing inappropriate language whereas protesting the penalty resolution.

Benzema then bought his brace within the 89th after a cross by substitute Eduardo Camavinga.

“Benzema performed very nicely provided that he had barely performed within the final three months,” Courtois stated.

“Maybe he was missing a little bit of tempo. I wager the Karim of final 12 months would have scored much more objectives, however it’s good for him to get this double.”

Before Benzema put Madrid forward, Courtois made two nice saves to disclaim León and midfielder Álvaro Aguado. Courtois used a one-handed diving save to cease Aguado’s long-range strike within the first half. He then bought low to show again León’s header within the 68th.

“Courtois’ saves had been decisive,” stated Valladolid coach Pacheta Martín, whose group slid into fifteenth place.

Madrid moved one level forward of Barcelona on the prime of the standings earlier than Xavi Hernández’s aspect performs a derby in opposition to Espanyol on Saturday.

Before kickoff, a second of silence was held in reminiscence of Brazil nice Pelé, who died on Thursday. Ronaldo, former Brazil and Madrid star and the present proprietor of Valladolid, stood alongside Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez within the stands in the course of the tribute. Brazil ahead Vinícius Júnior closed his eyes and lifted his head upwards in midfield with the opposite gamers.

Sevilla held in relegation zone by Celta Vigo

Sevilla remained within the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo.

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli overhauled his attacking scheme after playmaker Isco Alarcón, who had been used as a “false 9” earlier than the World Cup break, left the membership by mutual settlement final week. In his place, Sampaoli began his two huge strikers, Youssef En-Nesyri and Rafa Mir.

Celta’s Gabri Veiga chipped Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou within the thirty third after Iago Aspas met his run with a superbly weighted cross after Veiga had recovered the ball. It was the 20-year-old Veiga’s fourth purpose of the season.

After Sevilla didn’t generate scoring probabilities within the first half, Sampaoli despatched on Erik Lamela for En-Nesyri at halftime.

Monents after Celta’s goalkeeper pushed Lamela’s shot onto the publish, Kike Salas headed within the ensuing nook kick to stage the rating within the 54th.

Sevilla completed with 10 males after José Carmona was proven a second yellow card within the 86th.

Argentina defender and world champion Marcos Acuña began for Sevilla.

Other outcomes

Borja Mayoral struck twice within the second half to assist earn Getafe to a 2-0 win over Mallorca.

Lucas Pérez’s late purpose salvaged Cádiz a 1-1 draw at residence with Almería.

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