La Liga wrap: Real, Atletico Madrid keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona
A Marco Asensio-inspired Real Madrid crushed Eibar 3-0 to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points on Sunday, with Karim Benzema starting on the bench.
Asensio forced an own goal and scored the second as Madrid moved up to third place with 20 points, one behind second-placed Valencia and one ahead of Atletico Madrid, who beat Celta Vigo 1-0 away thanks to a Kevin Gameiro strike. Barcelona beat Malaga 2-0 at the Nou Camp on Saturday while Valencia thrashed visitors Sevilla 4-0.
Asensio, picked ahead of France striker Benzema to partner a subdued Cristiano Ronaldo up front, sparkled as Real made light work of the visiting Basque side, who are 16th. Paulo Oliveira headed Asensio’s cross into his own goal in the 18th minute, before the forward volleyed home the second goal 10 minutes later from Isco’s ball.
Substitute Marcelo added the third in the 82nd with a low drilled effort into the far corner to finish off the drubbing. “I’m very happy with the goal but the most important thing was the result, it was a great game,” Marcelo told Movistar. “We’ve been doing well, people (who have criticised us) forget how difficult it is to play a …read more