Benzema Scores As Real Hold On To Go Top

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Real Madrid reclaimed first place in La Liga after a hard-fought win over Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu. After 14 minutes, Toni Kroos put the hosts ahead with a well-taken side-footed effort from Vinicius Junior’s feed.

Before halftime, Karim Benzema extended the lead, heading in David Alaba’s cross for his 10th league goal of the season. Substitute With 13 minutes remaining, Radamel Falcao scored, but Rayo failed to equalize and remained in sixth place.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team went two points clear of Real Sociedad, yet if Sevilla defeats Real Betis on Sunday, they would join them on 27 points (20:00 GMT). Benzema had many chances to put the game out of reach for the hosts, but he couldn’t finish after a fantastic run, and Marco Asensio was denied from close range as well.

In additional time, they were almost punished for their wastefulness, but Kroos made a goal-line clearing and Thibaut Courtois pushed Unai Lopez’s follow-up attempt over the crossbar.

Source: BBC Sport

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