Madrid extend lead in LaLiga

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A second-half Karim Benzema brace and Vini Jr. strike handed Real Madrid victory at Mallorca on Monday and extended the lead at the summit to 10 points.

Ten matchdays remain in LaLiga with Madrid leading with 66 points. Second placed Sevilla have 56 points.

Though Madrid had the lion’s share of possession right from the get-go, they were unable to record a goal in the first half.

Madrid’s first forward forays came down the flanks through Rodrygo and Vini Jr.

With just five minutes played, Karim Benzema had the first big chance of the night, only for Sergio Rico to palm the ball behind after the Frenchman found himself through on goal.

Ferland Mendy got on the end of the resulting corner, but the hosts’ goalkeeper was again equal to the effort.

Real Madrid took the lead 10 minutes after the break after Valverde pressed Baba well. Benzema picked up the ball on the edge of the area and played in Vini Jr., who expertly finished with his left foot, sliding the ball under Sergio Rico.

Coach Ancelotti then shuffled the pack, bringing on Modrić and Camavinga in midfield, Carvajal at the back, and Asensio up front in place of Rodrygo, who picked up an injury after another challenge.

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Mallorca had to commit men forward and as a result left more space at the back, and the Whites took full advantage of that. Vini Jr. received the ball with his back to goal in his own half with 76 minutes played, drew in three opponents before playing through to Benzema to set up the counter-attack.

The Frenchman returned the ball to him in the area before B. Oliván brought down the Brazilian.

Benzema stepped up to convert the penalty to make it 2-0 to the visitors, and just five minutes later he got his second of the night to kill off the match.

Kroos took a short corner to Marcelo, on in place of Mendy, who had to make way due to an injury, and the Brazilian whipped in one of his crosses which Benzema met to head home.

Two minutes later he also left the pitch in pain.

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