Real Madrid clinch all three points against Celta Vigo, after a brace from Benzema and a late stoppage time header from Asensio.
Benzema now has 17 goals in La Liga and is finishing the season as strong as any striker.
Sergio Ramos was out with a bruised shin but the absence of the captain aside it was the Madrid XI that is likely to line-up against Liverpool in the Champions League with Fede Valverde in midfield alongside Zindine Zidane’s holy trinity of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, and Vinicius upfront alongside Benzema.
In gusty conditions Madrid started brightly with a ferocious press and Vinicius robbed the ball from keeper Ivan Villar only to then fail to find Benzema with his cross.
Benzema was found on 20 minutes and it was the moment Real Madrid took the lead.
Toni Kroos played the ball to him through a forest of defenders’ legs and in a flash Benzema slipped it into the far corner.
Goal number 22 of the season for Benzema in just 32 games in all competitions. Again he had shown his precision finishing and his intelligent positioning stepping back onside just as Kroos delivered the pass.
Real Madrid high pressing worked again on the half hour and again it lead to Kroos teeing up Benzema.
The German robbed Renato Tapia in possession and from the loose ball Benzema rattled another one pass Villar – 2-0 and 23 goals in all competitions. That also made it eight goals in six games for him.
Celta stayed in the game despite Real Madrid’s dominance and they had narrowed the margin just before half time.
Denis Suarez floated a free-kick into the area as Mina pulled one back for Celta just before the break, but they couldn’t find an equaliser in the second period, with Aspas striking the post from a free-kick and that’s as close as they came.
The visitors then caught them out on the counter late on and Asensio made sure of the victory.
Benzema crossed for substitute Marco Asensio to make it 3-1 with the last move of the game on 94 minutes.
Madrid deserved their win and with Benzema unplayable it’s no wonder they are still alive and kicking both home and abroad.
This win moves Real Madrid up to second in the table, ahead of Barcelona who play tomorrow and Zidane’s side face Eibar next time out.
Meanwhile Celta drop down to 11th and they travel to Alaves after the international break.