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Real Madrid 2-0 Alaves: Real two wins from title after Benzema & Asensio goals

Asensio celebrates with Benzema
Karim Benzema (right) scored Real's first and assisted Marco Asensio (left) for the second

Real Madrid are two wins away from becoming La Liga champions after victory over strugglers Alaves.

Karim Benzema's penalty put the league leaders in front after Ximo Navarro's foul on Ferland Mendy.

Benzema then teed up Marco Asensio for the second, awarded after VAR overruled an incorrect offside decision.

Second-placed Barcelona trail by four points and, if they lose at Real Vallodolid on Saturday, Real can clinch the title by beating Granada on Monday.

Regardless, two wins - or one win and two draws - from their remaining three games will bring the championship to Zinedine Zidane's side.

Alaves, three points above the relegation zone, were overseen by new manager Juan Lopez Muniz for the first time after a five-game losing run had led to Asier Garitano's departure.

But the Basque underdogs almost took a shock lead in the opening minutes when former Stoke and Newcastle striker Joselu's header crashed off the bar and Lucas Perez's follow-up was cleared off the line by Raphael Varane.

Real survived that scare and led through Benzema's penalty - the Frenchman's 18th league goal of the season - although Alaves remained lively, with on-loan West Brom winger Oliver Burke their main threat, forcing a save from Thibaut Courtois.

Asensio eventually added the second, after VAR confirmed Benzema was onside in the build-up, and while Joselu brought a smart save from Courtois, former West Ham goalkeeper Roberto had to be alert at the other end to keep out efforts from Rodrygo and Benzema.

If Real can finish the job, it will be only their second title in eight years, with their most recent coming in 2016-17, during Zidane's last spell as manager.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 17Vázquez
  • 3Militão
  • 5Varane
  • 23Mendy
  • 8Kroos
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forDíazat 90+4'minutes
  • 10ModricSubstituted forValverdeat 70'minutes
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 70'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forE Hazardat 82'minutes
  • 27RodrygoSubstituted forIscoat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 7E Hazard
  • 11Bale
  • 15Valverde
  • 21Díaz
  • 22Isco
  • 24Mariano
  • 25Vinícius Júnior
  • 26Altube
  • 39Hernández
  • 47Gutiérrez

Alavés

  • 13Jiménez
  • 23Navarro JiménezSubstituted forAguirregabiriaat 23'minutes
  • 5Laguardia
  • 4Ely
  • 17Marín
  • 24Burke
  • 10Camarasa
  • 15FejsaSubstituted forAbdallahiat 55'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 16MéndezSubstituted forSainzat 68'minutes
  • 7PérezSubstituted forRiojaat 55'minutes
  • 9JoseluSubstituted forJL Rodriguezat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Magallán
  • 8Pina
  • 11Rioja
  • 12Navarro
  • 19García Sánchez
  • 20Pons
  • 21Aguirregabiria
  • 29Sainz
  • 31Castro
  • 32De la Fuente
  • 36Abdallahi
  • 38JL Rodriguez
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAlavés
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Alavés 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Alavés 0.

  3. Post update

    Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by José Luis Rodríguez (Alavés).

  5. Post update

    Brahim Díaz (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Adrián Marín (Alavés).

  7. Post update

    Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Borja Sainz (Alavés).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Isco tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Brahim Díaz replaces Casemiro.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Isco tries a through ball, but Toni Kroos is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. José Luis Rodríguez (Alavés) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adrián Marín.

  14. Post update

    Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Borja Sainz (Alavés).

  16. Post update

    Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luis Rioja (Alavés).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ferland Mendy.

  19. Booking

    Mahmoud Abdallahi (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 10th July 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid35248364214380
2Barcelona35237579364376
3Atl Madrid351615447262163
4Sevilla351712651341763
5Villarreal351761257451257
6Getafe351411104334953
7Real Sociedad35156145346751
8Valencia351311114551-650
9Granada35148134542350
10Ath Bilbao351212113931848
11Osasuna351112124050-1045
12Levante35127164249-743
13Real Betis351011144755-841
14Real Valladolid35815122939-1039
15Eibar3599173451-1736
16Celta Vigo35715133444-1036
17Alavés3598183253-2135
18Mallorca3595213759-2232
19Leganés35611182549-2429
20Espanyol3559212755-2824
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