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Punishment, injury and theft for Benzema acquitted in a single day

Madrid ( Associated Press) — Missed penalty kick. an injury. Smell.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema did not expect that day.

Benzema had a rough day on the field on Sunday, then came back home to realize that his house had been stolen while he was away.

Police told Spanish media on Monday they were investigating an incident that happened at Benzema’s home while he was playing a Spanish league game with Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

Police said no one was at the player’s home when the theft happened. He did not give any details about what was taken.

Benzema had already broken into his house during a game in 2019. Similar incidents happened in the past with other players from Spain and other European countries.

Benzema has been one of Madrid’s top players this season, leading the side with 24 goals. He is the Spanish league’s top scorer with 17 goals, five more than any other player. His partnership with Vinicius Jr. has worked well in the attack, and the pair have been red-hot from the start.

But Benzema faced an unusually difficult day on Sunday as Madrid were held to a 2-2 home draw by Elche, leaving no chance to extend their lead over Sevilla at the top of the standings. They are four points ahead after 22 matches.

His struggle began with a bad omission, only to defeat the goalkeeper inside the field, a position from which he rarely fails to score. Then moments later he failed to take advantage of the penalty kick, sending his shot over the crossbar for his first penalty miss with the Spanish club.

The injury came early in the second half, when he apparently pulled a muscle. He asked to be replaced after feeling some discomfort, and grabbed the back of his left leg as he walked into the changing room to be evaluated more closely.

Benzema was expected to undergo further tests on Monday so that team doctors can determine the extent of the injury. He will have extra time to recover during the international break, as Madrid’s next match is not until February.

Benzema, 34, was rested during last week’s Copa del Rey match against Elche after Madrid won in extra time to advance to the quarter-finals.

Last year, Benzema was sentenced to one year in suspended prison and fined 75,000 euros (then $84,000) after being found guilty of involvement in a 2015 attempt to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena in a sex-tape case. The fine was given.

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