Spanish La Liga
CádizCádiz0Real MadridReal Madrid3

Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema double takes Real level at the top of La Liga

Real Madrid moved above Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga with a win at Cadiz in a week dominated by the announcement and seeming collapse of the European Super League.

There were fan protests outside the ground against the new league, which Real had intended to compete in.

Inside, the visitors ran riot, sealing the win with three first-half goals.

Karim Benzema scored twice - the first a penalty - and provided the assist for Alvaro Odriozola to head in.

The result gets Real's La Liga challenge back on track after the minor slip in drawing 0-0 at Getafe on Sunday.

It was on the same evening that they and 11 other leading European clubs were announcing their plans to form a breakaway Super League - a project that has seemingly now collapsed just three days later.

Real president Florentino Perez has been one of the most vocal advocates of the proposed competition, telling Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones that it had been devised "to save football".

Real have still yet to announce their withdrawal from the Super League, despite the majority of the rest of the clubs doing so, including all six English sides.

They will certainly qualify for next season's Champions League, but they are currently in a fascinating four-horse race at the top of La Liga to decide if that will be as Spanish champions.

With Benzema firing they certainly have a good chance.

The French striker coolly slotted in his penalty, after VAR was used to rule on the illegality of Isaac Carcelen's trip on Vinicius Junior.

He then swung over a perfect cross for Odriozola to head the second before nodding in the third himself from Casemiro's cross - all three goals coming in the space of 10 minutes.

Fans protest outside the Ramon de Carranza stadium
As they have in England over the last few days, fans gathered outside the Ramon de Carranza to protest the Super League
Fans protest outside the Ramón de Carranza stadium
Nine of the 12 clubs - including La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid - have withdrawn from the proposed Super League

Line-ups

Cádiz

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ledesma
  • 20CarcelénBooked at 29minsSubstituted forAkapoat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Jiménez Jarque
  • 4López Gutiérrez
  • 22EspinoSubstituted forAlejoat 65'minutes
  • 7Sánchez PonceBooked at 8minsSubstituted forLozanoat 45'minutes
  • 2JonssonBooked at 41mins
  • 6Martín-Bejarano SerranoSubstituted forTorres Ruizat 45'minutes
  • 25Izquierdo
  • 18NegredoSubstituted forSaponjicat 45'minutes
  • 21Sobrino

Substitutes

  • 5Garrido
  • 9Lozano
  • 11Pombo
  • 12Saponjic
  • 13Gil
  • 14Alejo
  • 15Akapo
  • 16Torres Ruiz
  • 17Fernández
  • 19Alcalá
  • 24Malbasic
  • 37Martín Valerón

Real Madrid

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 3Militão
  • 5VaraneBooked at 22minsSubstituted forCarvajalat 61'minutes
  • 6NachoBooked at 46mins
  • 19OdriozolaSubstituted forIscoat 61'minutes
  • 31Blanco
  • 14Casemiro
  • 12MarceloBooked at 68minsSubstituted forGutiérrezat 74'minutes
  • 25Rodrygo
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMarianoat 74'minutes
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forAsensioat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 11Asensio
  • 13Lunin
  • 22Isco
  • 24Mariano
  • 26Altube
  • 30Arribas
  • 32Chust
  • 35Gutiérrez
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamCádizAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cádiz 0, Real Madrid 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cádiz 0, Real Madrid 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rubén Sobrino (Cádiz) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carlos Akapo.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Eder Militão (Real Madrid).

  5. Post update

    Rubén Sobrino (Cádiz) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nacho (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Isco with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Booking

    Carlos Akapo (Cádiz) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Miguel Gutiérrez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Akapo (Cádiz).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Iván Alejo (Cádiz).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Lozano (Cádiz) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  14. Post update

    Anthony Lozano (Cádiz) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mariano (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marco Asensio.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Miguel Gutiérrez (Real Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Carlos Akapo (Cádiz) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Eder Militão (Real Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Ivan Saponjic (Cádiz) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 21st April 2021

  • CádizCádiz0Real MadridReal Madrid3
  • LevanteLevante0SevillaSevilla1
  • OsasunaOsasuna3ValenciaValencia1
  • Real BetisReal Betis0Ath BilbaoAthletic Bilbao0
  • AlavésAlavés2VillarrealVillarreal1
  • ElcheElche1Real ValladolidReal Valladolid1

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid32217456243270
2Atl Madrid31217357203770
3Sevilla32214747252267
4Barcelona30205569264365
5Real Betis32147114245-349
6Villarreal321213749361349
7Real Sociedad311211848331547
8Osasuna321010123037-740
9Granada30116133650-1439
10Ath Bilbao31911113933638
11Celta Vigo31911114148-738
12Levante32911123845-738
13Cádiz3299142748-2136
14Valencia32811134047-735
15Getafe31710142234-1231
16Alavés3279162748-2130
17Real Valladolid31513132842-1428
18Huesca31512143146-1527
19Elche32512152849-2127
20Eibar31411162241-1923
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