Early strikes from Benzema and Kroos confirm that Real Madrid claims a simple 2-0 win over Valencia.
This was a satisfying victory for the hosts throughout, and they took the lead early on when Benzema knocked in a superb strike to beat Domenech from 20 yards.
Valencia failed to register a single shot in the first period and Madrid’s dominance was underlined when Kroos doubled their lead just before half time, with a caressed finish.
The second half was an understated affair as Valencia struggled to get back in the game and – if anything – it could have been a more crucial win for Madrid.
VAR ruled out a goal from Mendy, while Benzema repeatedly threatened. Nevertheless, Madrid will be satisfied with three points today.
The victory ensures that Madrid moves up to second – five points behind Atletico. While Valencia remains in 12th.
‘It could be that we have to win every game to win the league and even then it might not be enough but we have to keep going,’ said Kroos.
It was his quick end pass that teed-up Karim Benzema for the opening goal on 12 minutes. It was one of 59 accurate passes in a first half that Real Madrid dominated and in which he held the baton and produced the domination.
On 42 minutes he scored the second. It was a shot but it felt like another pass, crisp, clean and into the back of the net.
Nobody strikes the ball like Real Madrid’s German midfielder.
Real Madrid had plenty of opportunities between the two goals. Valencia keeper Jaume Domenech saved from Casemiro with his legs and blocked Luka Modric’s effort from distance.
Benzema almost flicked in what would have been a second for him but Gabriel Paulista got across to block the effort.
Madrid is on the shoulder of Atletico Madrid who plays one of their two games in hand against them on Wednesday against Levante.
They could drop points as the Champions League double-header against Chelsea comes into the notion.