Even without Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, Real Madrid have not shown any weakness and remain enthroned at the top of La Liga. The Royals won 3-1 (1-0) against FC Sevilla on Saturday night and extended their lead over arch-rivals FC Barcelona.
The Catalans are initially six points behind, but are still in action against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening (9 p.m. / DAZN).
2014 world champion Toni Kroos played through for Madrid, Luka Modric (5th), Lucas Vazquez (79th) and Fede Valverde (81st) scored the goals. Meanwhile, Sevilla had equalized to make it 1-1 through Eric Lamela when Los Blancos faltered after the break.
This was Real’s tenth win in eleven league games, the only point they lost was a 1-1 draw against Osasuna in early October.
French striker Benzema was absent on Saturday, shortly before that “muscle fatigue in the quadriceps of the left leg” was diagnosed, the club said. Last Monday, Benzema won the Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career. How long Real will have to do without him is still unclear.
In the afternoon, third-placed Real Sociedad San Sebastian lost again after five wins in a row in the league. The Basques, with former Dortmund player Mikel Merino, lost 1-0 at Real Valladolid.