In his second game after returning to the club, Zidane wins twice in a row and sees French striker Benzema saves the team from shame against last placed Huesca to ensure victory by 3 to 2 in the Bernabéu.
Nothing better than avoiding a draw or home defeat for the flashlight in an already failed season. That’s what Benzema did for Real Madrid on Sunday. With a fine French goal at the end of the second half, the Merengues beat the last-placed Huesca 3-2 at the Bernabeu, and kept the distance of two points for rival Athletic, second placed in the Spanish Championship. It was Zidane’s second and second triumph since returning to the club.
The Real’s suffering began with two minutes. It was enough time for Avila’s cross and Cucho Hernández’s goal. The visitors did not show timidity with the bad phase. They took their chances. The meringues, on the other hand, were not very incisive. But they managed to equalize with Isco, at 24, after good play by Brahim Diaz. The turn came in the second step. Ceballos took advantage of Benzema’s ball on the side of the crossbar and stoked the nets. But Huesca did not give up. He made his second goal with Captain Etxeita, with his head. But Zidane’s team had a 9-inspired shirt. With a technical kick and placed from the left, Benzema placed the ball in the left corner of Santamaría and secured Real’s victory: 3 to 2.
Coach Zidane surprised the team. With injured Courtois, Navas remained on the bench, and Luca Zidane, the coach’s son, started. The young goalkeeper, 20, made his second match on the main team. The first had been in the last round of last season. He is from Castilla, team B of Real, and had lost space since his father had left the team. Despite the two goals conceded, did not compromise.
Zidane made his second game in charge of Real Madrid since returning. Conquered the second victory and again climbed Marcelo and Isco as starters, two players who had lost space with Solari. There are nine games remaining for the season finale, and planning for the next season is in vogue.
Benzema scored his 14th goal in the Spanish League, the 23rd in the season. He is the Real Madrid top scorer in the season. And more. The Huesca is the 34th victim of the French in the Spanish Championship of 34 possible. He scored against all the teams in the tournament he faced.
Real Madrid are third, with 57 points, two of the second, Atlético, and 12 of the leader Barcelona. The Huesca follows in the lantern, with 22 points, in a complicated situation. In the next round, the merengues visit Valencia on Wednesday, and Huesca welcomes Celta de Vigo.