Osasuna 1-3 Real Madrid: Leaders remain on title course despite Karim Benzema’s two penalty misses


Real Madrid are close to the LaLiga title with a 3-1 win over Osasuna despite Karim Benzema failing twice in the penalty area on Wednesday.

Madrid needed an impressive comeback to win 3-2 at Sevilla after a slow start on Sunday, but quickly cleared the blocks of El Sadar as David Alaba struck just 12 minutes before Ante Budimir equalized.

Marco Asensio restored Madrid’s lead in the 45th minute and, after Benzema saw two penalties saved by Sergio Herrera in the second half, Lucas Vazquez recorded a victory in the final.

The victory moved Madrid by 17 points ahead of Atletico Madrid, with distant rivals Sevilla and Barcelona also playing Levante and Real Sociedad respectively on Thursday.

Rodrygo forced Herrera to stop with a long-range effort in the opening trade, but Madrid were ahead.

A quick free-kick from Asensio and Dani Ceballos found a place for Benzema before the striker returned to Alaba, who fortunately rallied home in a rebound from the Herrera reflex save.

Osasuna responded a minute later when Chimy Avila fell right for Budimir to enter.

Asensio beat Ceballos in a close attempt to try to move Madrid forward again during the break before Thibaut Courtois successfully denied Budimir’s header shortly afterward.

Avila then took over when he tried to stop Rodrygo from giving Madrid a fine, which Herrera saved from Benzema.

Benzema went to the same bottom left corner after Rodrygo was knocked down by Nacho Vidal, and Herrera re-guessed the right path.

Vinicius Junior then rolled over the counter before joining Vazquez, who finished in the lower left corner to secure the victory.

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