Janusz Michallik says Karim Benzema is just as important for Real Madrid as Robert Lewandowski is for Bayern Munich (1:04)

Karim Benzema scored two goals and another when Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-1 on Saturday to finish second in La Liga ahead of Barcelona and put more pressure on leaders Atletico Madrid

Benzema opened the scoring with a cool finish from the penalty area after Toni Kroos unlocked the Celta defense.The French striker almost made a second and fired a cross that bounced off Vinicius Junior’s chest and over the bar before he went scored again himself Once again, Kroos was the provider after winning the ball back in a dangerous position

Celta scored a goal from Santi Mina’s header and continued to improve after the break Iago Aspas saved Thibaut Courtois Benzema saw a late shot saved after Nestor Araujo gave him the ball and then Aspas hit the post with a free kick before substitute Marco Asensio finished the competition in added time

Benzema is in the shape of his life, with eight goals in his last six games in all competitions and 17 this La Liga season.It’s also a good thing because apart from the French there aren’t enough regulars on this Real Madrid side Scorers Madridistas are hoping Benzema’s run will continue beyond the international break and into a week in which the team will face Barca and Liverpool in quick succession

Madrid’s most recent defeat at Balaidos saw them bid farewell to their title hopes in 2014, with Barca and Atletico facing each other Benzema’s early braces brought real worries to bed here about a similar result The Madrid press urged the team on the morning of the game to repeating the end of the 2019-20 season in which they won 10 games in a row, most likely it will be necessary to skip Barca and Atleti this time – and this was a start

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After coach Zinedine Zidane scored two goals in half an hour, he was disappointed that the team conceded Mina’s header shortly afterwards to keep a game alive that should have gone to the defense for this one Free kick was sad In situations like this, the absence of Sergio Ramos and his defense organization doesn’t help

The second-half performance was troubling overall as Celta shook off the stranglehold on midfield that Kroos and Luka Modric had put on the game, opening up a growing number of chances, however, in the end, Madrid managed to hold on to the win secure, and that’s what they’ll focus on

7 – Zidane got an additional midfielder in the form of Federico Valverde for this away game against a good soccer team in Eduardo Coudets Celta and left Asensio and Rodrygo on the bench The team started well and the first half hour was one of the best spells, The game we saw in Madrid this season was moving away from them however, and as Celta improved after the break, Zidane only made one change, a strange one on the face, bringing on Asensio for Kroos

GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 – blameless for the goal from Celta A good save in the second half in front of Aspas, who dived deep to his left. Otherwise I had little to do

DF Lucas Vazquez, 6 – His pace and ability to crossbreeds usually give Madrid an exit on the right, but here Vazquez has not been able to get as far forward as he would like

DF Raphael Varane, 6 – Led the defense as it came under increasing pressure as the game progressed

DF Nacho, 7 – I found it difficult, but dug deeply against the combative Mina and the talented Aspas. Finished a promising Celta break in the second half and knocked Aspas down with an awkward challenge that he was right to do was booked

DF Ferland Mendy, 6 – Employed by Brais Mendez and later by Augusto Solari, who hit him with a clever heel

MF Casemiro, 7 – Back from midweek suspension In his key intervention, he headed Aspas’s dangerous late free kick on the post as it headed for the back of the net

MF Toni Kroos, 8 – Two more assists A wonderful piece of quick footwork ensured Madrid’s first goal, and with quick thinking he won the ball for the second bay for a shirt pull on Aspas. Surprisingly, he took off early

MF Luka Modric, 6 – Modric is not at his best, he looks like he needs a break. A shot well over the crossbar in the second half summed up his afternoon’s bad luck for a supposedly late foul Renato Tapia booked to be

MF Federico Valverde, 6 – Played far to the right, chosen for his steady running and ability to win the ball high up on the field.Place Vinicius for a chance in the second half and be let off by one later Block Shot Has not started this season since returning from injury

FW Vinicius Junior, 7 – Had his best game of the season against Atalanta and had his moments here too. He used his pace to hit goalkeeper Ivan Villar to an early cross-field ball and would have hit his chest afterwards and too can threaten in the second half

FW Karim Benzema, 9 – Six games in a row, which is his best run to date.His start was a sensational blow that should look easy, and the second wasn’t far behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Gonzalez and Alfredo di Stefano have now scored more league goals for the club

FW Marco Asensio, N / R – Replaced Kroos in the final 20 minutes as the team came under pressure and took another goal off the bench, just like they did midweek

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