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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Benzema celebrates his Ballon d’Or with victory over Madrid

MADRID ( Associated Press) — A third time was the charm for a brand new Ballon d’Or winner.

Karim Benzema scored a goal after another pair was invalidated for offside, and Real Madrid finished to solidify themselves at the top of the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche on Wednesday.

Uruguay’s Federico Valverde opened the scoring for Meringue with a fresh shot from outside the area on the 11th minute.

Benzema celebrated last season’s award by France Football magazine as the best footballer in the world with a shot from the balcony of the field in the 75th minute after a brilliant combination with Brazil’s Rodrigo Goes.

The French striker signaled a VAR shortly after scoring his goal, as some goals from the video arbitration room and an assist on a goal by David Alaba were canceled due to advanced positions.

“Rare. You celebrate the goal, you think the game is more comfortable and then one is cancelled, then another, then another… In the end, it creates confusion, but this is today’s football. It is,” Valverde said.

Marco Asensio set the game on fire in the 89th minute by sending Rodrigo’s acrobatic cross into the net from the center of the field.

The Merengue team remains undefeated on the course, with their ninth win in 10 days, 28 units. This puts more pressure on escort Barcelona, ​​who currently have six units short and will face Villarreal at home this Thursday.

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At the start, Benzema faced his first to be canceled after a great combination with Rodrigo, receiving a pass from Brazilian Vinicius Jr. in the center of the field. This ended the celebration that the Frenchman had already created with Madrid fans on the stands.

The story was different for “Pajarito” Valverde, who maintained his high with his fifth goal of the season, after hitting a powerful left-footed shot at mid-height from the crescent.

The Uruguay midfielder scored his third goal of the year from outside the field and his second in consecutive games, after celebrating Sunday with a powerful low forehand in a 3-1 win against Barcelona in Clásico.

VAR again canceled two more actions involving Benzema. First when David Alaba built a double wall with Valverde and Benzema himself, the trap senders.

In that play importance was given to the advanced position of the French. At the start of the supplement, the offside narrative was repeated at the start of an action in which Benzema hit another goal that did not go to the scoreboard.

Elche, the only team without a win in the competition, were to spoil the game for the visitors when they were down by a goal from Carlos Klerk, who saved substitute goalkeeper Andrey Lunin in one of his few choices.

The entire Valencian community is at the bottom of the table with three units.

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For Madrid, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was absent for the sixth consecutive game due to injury, missing the opportunity on the field to celebrate recognition as the best goalkeeper in the world with the Lev Yashin Award, which France Football awarded him.

In the last leg of the first half, play was halted because a fan in the stands required medical attention.

La Real moves to third place

Mikel Marino scored a goal in the opening minutes as Real Sociedad beat Mallorca 1-0 to finish third.

The San Sebastian team has 22 units after the course’s fifth consecutive victory (eighth in all competitions).

Mexican strategist Javier Aguirre’s Mallorca held on to 15th place with nine units.

Betis is without a goal

Cádiz and Betis did not progress beyond a goalless draw in the duel, in which Sergio Canales was sent off for the first time in his career after seeing some yellow cards in the compensation minutes.

The Betis team was 5th with 20 points; The Cadiz team is ranked 19th with seven units.

Valladolid has a feast

With a brace from Sergio Leone and goals from Roque Mesa (32) and Joaquín Fernández (62) in the space of five minutes (74 and 79), Valladolid beat Celta de Vigo 4–1 with a feast for Oscar Rodriguez. exempted (43).

Valladolid jumped to 11th place with 11 units; The Galician team remained stable in 13th place with 10.

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