Real Madrid are not relenting in their pursuit of Spanish La Liga glory after a comfortable 3-0 humilation of Valencia on thursday night ensured the Merengues stay just two points behind League leaders Barcelona.
Only three points would suffice for the hosts after Barcelona’s victory on Tuesday evening, but the hosts squandered an opening on 11 minutes when Eden Hazard was denied by Jasper Cillessen in the box.
Valencia sprung to life on 14 minutes when Rodrigo Moreno rattled the upright after Maxi Gomez set the Spaniard up with a defence-splitting pass.
The Video Assistant Referee came to Los Blancos’ rescue six minutes later as Rodrigo had his goal disallowed due to an offside in the build-up, much to the disappointment of the Valencia stars.
Cillessen, a former Barcelona shot-stopper, was called into action in the 30th minute to deny Dani Carvajal with an out-stretched leg while Thibaut Courtois kept Kondogbia’s long-range effort at the other end just before the break.
The home side finally got their reward in the 60th minute when Hazard collected a pass from Luka Modric before setting up Benzema for the neat finish into the bottom corner.
Los Blancos had to wait until the 74th minute for the second goal as substitute Marcos Asensio found the far corner with his very first touch of the season from Ferland Mendy’s cross on the left flank.
Asensio had a hand in the third goal as well, as his lay-off found Benzema who controlled well before rifling the ball the into the top corner in the 86th minute.
It went from bad to worse for Valencia, who had Kang-In Lee sent off in stoppage time for kicking Sergio Ramos as Zidane’s moved to within two points of table toppers Barcelona.