Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema produced an audacious back-heeled help for Casemiro to attain as they beat Espanyol 1-Zero away on Sunday to capitalise on Barcelona’s slip-up a day earlier and transfer two factors clear on the high of La Liga.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro slid to the bottom to information the ball residence on the stroke of halftime after being performed in by a stroke of genius from Benzema, who dragged the ball by means of the legs of his marker Bernardo Espinosa to search out his group mate.
Casemiro ran straight to Frenchman Benzema to thank him for the cross and devoted the objective to him.
“The goal belongs to Karim. We’re used to the quality he brings to his play and I had to celebrate it with him because it was all down to him,” Casemiro stated.
“We know how good he is and that’s why I called for the ball as I knew he would lay the ball off to me.”
Coach Zinedine Zidane added: “I’m not surprised by what Karim did at all, he is a player who keeps inventing things on the pitch and his control and backheel was super. It might be the best piece of play of the season.”
Real’s gamers embraced one another when the ultimate whistle arrived to sign a fifth consecutive victory which took them high on 71 factors after 32 video games. Barca, who had been held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday, are second on 69.
Espanyol, enjoying their first recreation below caretaker Francisco Rufete after he grew to become their fourth supervisor of a troubling marketing campaign, stay rooted to the underside on 24 factors.
Casemiro was Real’s most harmful participant and practically opened the scoring early on with a wild shot from his personal half which pressured Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez to scramble again in direction of his line and push the ball away.
Casemiro then by some means missed the goal with a header when he appeared unmarked from shut vary, however he quickly made amends due to the quick-thinking of Benzema.
“This is how I see football and I could see Casemiro arriving,” added Benzema. “It was a nice assist but the goal was more important, Casemiro did well and got us three important points after a very difficult game.”
Real appeared in management for many of the match however needed to endure two nervy moments within the remaining phases.
Espanyol’s Espinosa was inches away from connecting with a ball which flashed throughout the face of objective whereas Real defender Marcelo was pressured to dam a shot in added time which he nearly deflected into his personal internet however the ball skidded broad.