Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scored to give Real Madrid a comfortable 3-0 victory over bottom side Elche at the bottom of LaLiga on Wednesday. The top scorers were also disallowed three goals by VAR for offside during the final stages of.
Madrid leads the way by 28 points. They are which is six points better than of second place Barcelona with an unfinished game and are hosting Villarreal on Thursday.
After a dominating 3-1 victory over the arch rivals Barcelona at Barcelona's El Clasico on Sunday, coach Carlo Ancelotti decided not to put off key players in the unbeaten Elche.
The champions were dominant from the beginning and also had numerous chances aside from the three shots which were disallowed, the first one in the 6th minute of the game when an effort by Benzema, who won the Ballon d'Or on Monday but was not awarded because Vinicius was offside Jr.
A dazzling Valverde In-form Valverde handed Real an early lead at the eleventh minute of the match with an excellent technically-sound strike on the outside of the box following an Benzema strike bounced off the defense.
Valverde is currently scoring six goals in his 15 appearances in 15 games for Real this season. That's as many as he did in his first Real appearances in 148. This was the third time he scored scored from distance in the campaign, and nobody had scored as many goals out of the area than Uruguayan in Europe's top five leagues this year.
I'm content for the team and also for the win. I'm really enjoying the way we're currently playing, Valverde told DAZN. Ancelotti informed me that If I didn't score at minimum 10 goals in the season, he'd retire. So I'm focusing on that as I don't want be blamed for my coach's departure," Valverde joked with a smile.
I tried to declare 10 goals Let's hope he's able to get four more!" Ancelotti joked. "He's doing very well and surprises me and is doing well , right now, in defence and attack as well as his runs. He's an advanced player. Alaba placed the ball in the goal within the first 25 seconds of the game following a stunning partnership with Benzema who found him through a wall however, the goal was ruled out because of offside.
Third goal Real could not rule out came in the 60th minute , when Benzema struck into the net from an Dani Carvajal cross However, the full-back was inches in front of the defensive line during the anticipation.
Elche was given a golden chance to equalize the score at the end of 70 minutes however goalie Andriy Lunin prevented them from doing so by making a spectacular reflex save after a short-range shot from Carlos Clerc. Benzema was able to extend The lead of Real's in the 75th minutes, following a clever interplay in the 75th minute with Rodrygo the defender who was able to assist in the 75th minute. France international with a the perfect back-heel.
Substitute Asensio also scored a third goal just a minute before the time limit, kicking in a goal from close range from Rodrygo's cross. I was concerned about this match, it was vital, since following Clasico Clasicoyou might think that the level would drop. I wanted to change the team, but I didn't want to give them reasons to not play,"Ancelotti added. The team was well-played and focused in attack. it was great and we had plenty of mobility. But up until the 70th minute, the game was still open. They could have scored a goal.