Monday 20 November 2017

Real ease Rafa pressure

Rafael Benitez sees Real Madrid win
Rafael Benitez sees Real Madrid win

Real Madrid ended a turbulent week off the pitch on a high when Karim Benzema struck twice in a 4-1 La Liga win over Getafe on Saturday.

Real needed a strong performance against city neighbours Getafe to relieve the pressure on coach Rafa Benitez, who was roundly whistled when his name was read out with the team lists before kick-off.

France forward Benzema opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he volleyed in Pepe's cross, and then the second after 16 minutes with a low shot into the corner.

Gareth Bale made it 3-0 in the 35th after being set up by Cristiano Ronaldo, who put Real out of sight finishing off a swift break before Getafe's Alexis Ruano pulled a goal back at a 70th-minute corner.

Wolfsburg dropped to fifth in the Bundesliga ahead of tomorrow's visit of Manchester United after losing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund. Former Red Shinji Kagawa scored the winner.

Porto prepared for Wednesday's trip to Chelsea with a 2-1 win over Pacos de Ferreira with Jesus Corona and Miguel Layun finding the net.

Borussia Mönchengladbach inflicted Bayern Munich's first loss of the season ahead of tomorrow's trip to Manchester City. Oscar Wendt, Lars Strindl and Fabian Johnson scored in the 3-1 win.

Olympiakos held a late Panthrakikos comeback for a 4-3 victory on Saturday ahead of the visit of Arsenal on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan's Adem Ljajic scored in the second-half to secure a 1-0 win over Genoa on Saturday and top spot in Serie A.

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