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Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Eden Hazard nets first League goal since OCTOBER as Karim Benzema hits brace to fire Zinedine Zidane’s side four points clear at the top

Real Madrid extends their unbeaten run in the league to nine matches thanks to a clinical show in front of goal.

Casemiro’s header got them off to a great start before Benzema doubled their advantage.

Benzema’s second of the evening soon put Madrid back in control, and they cruised to victory on their travels.

Eden Hazard scored and assist a goal with Karim Benzema scoring one of two goals as los Blancos eased to a 4-1 victory at Alaves in LaLiga on Saturday, ending a winless run in a match that coach Zinedine Zidane missed after he contracted coronavirus.

Hazard grazed a long pass to redirect it to Benzema to double the lead for Madrid in the 41st after Casemiro had headed in the 15th-minute opener.

The Belgium international scored just his third goal of the season in first-half extra time to create a 3-0 lead at the break.

Toni Kroos regained possession in midfield and picked out Hazard’s run behind a disordered defensive line to score past goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.

Joselu Mato pulled one back for Alaves on the hour-mark when he headed in Lucas Perez’s free-kick but it was nothing more than scant consolation.

Benzema, who was the man of the match, made it a double in the 70th after Luka Modric played him clear on the break. The French striker cut back inside the last defender before firing in his 10th goal in the league this season.

Second-place Madrid decreased the gap to leaders Atletico Madrid to four points. Atletico has two outstanding games in hand, starting with its home match against Valencia on Sunday, but their city rivals did their job in retaining pressure.

The promising performance by Hazard comes amid growing impatience shown by Madrid’s fans, and some unfavourable comparisons in Spanish media to former star Gareth Bale, who was also injury-prone during his time in Spain.

Talking after the success, Benzema said of Hazard: ‘At Chelsea, he was an extraordinary player. Presently he needs to turn into another player here. He is in form and he will help us a lot.’

Madrid assistant David Bettoni was on the touchline at Mendizorroza Stadium after Madrid disclosed on Friday that Zidane had tried positive for COVID-19. Bettoni said on Friday that Zidane was ‘feeling fine.’

When asked on Hazard’s performance, Bettoni said: ‘Eden has had a troublesome first season and a half with injuries. We must be patience even though we realize the patience can be troublesome at Madrid. He will improve with each game.’

The victory over striving Alaves came after Madrid had lost two prospects for titles lately and dropped points in two of its last three league games.

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