Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema produced an audacious back-heeled assist for Casemiro to attain as they beat Espanyol 1-Zero away on Sunday to capitalise on Barcelona’s slip-up an afternoon previous and transfer two issues clear at the top of La Liga. Brazilian midfielder Casemiro slid to the floor to steer the ball house on the stroke of halftime after being performed in by way of a stroke of genius from Benzema, who dragged the ball thru the legs of his marker Bernardo Espinosa to search out his workforce mate.
Casemiro ran immediately to Frenchman Benzema to thank him for the go and devoted the function to him.
“The goal belongs to Karim. We’re used to the quality he brings to his play and I had to celebrate it with him because it was all down to him,” Casemiro stated.
“We know how good he is and that’s why I called for the ball as I knew he would lay the ball off to me.”
Coach Zinedine Zidane added: “I’m not surprised by what Karim did at all, he is a player who keeps inventing things on the pitch and his control and backheel was super. It might be the best piece of play of the season.”
Real’s gamers embraced every different when the ultimate whistle arrived to sign a 5th consecutive victory which took them top on 71 issues after 32 video games. Barca, who had been held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday, are 2d on 69.
Espanyol, enjoying their first sport below caretaker Francisco Rufete after he turned into their fourth supervisor of a troubling marketing campaign, stay rooted to the backside on 24 issues.
Casemiro was once Real’s most deadly participant and just about opened the scoring early on with a wild shot from his personal part which pressured Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez to scramble again against his line and push the ball away.
Casemiro then by hook or by crook ignored the goal with a header when he seemed unmarked from shut vary, however he quickly made amends because of the quick-thinking of Benzema.
“This is how I see football and I could see Casemiro arriving,” added Benzema. “It was a nice assist but the goal was more important, Casemiro did well and got us three important points after a very difficult game.”
Real regarded in keep an eye on for many of the fit however needed to undergo two nervy moments in the ultimate phases.
Espanyol’s Espinosa was once inches clear of connecting with a ball which flashed throughout the face of function whilst Real defender Marcelo was once pressured to dam a shot in added time which he nearly deflected into his personal web however the ball skidded huge.
(Reporting by way of Richard Martin; Editing by way of Ken Ferris)