Real Madrid maintained their perfect start to the season by netting a dramatic late brace in Karim Benzema‘s 3-1 win over Espanyol on Sunday night.
Vinicius Junior had put Los Blancos ahead before Joselu equalized. The barraging run from Eduardo Camavinga in the build-up to that chance was impressive. The pressure on Los Blancos continued to build, and the spaces in the final third become increasingly difficult to find as the Spaniard stepped back to hold on for a point. It doesn’t look like it will come, but at Real Madrid, there is always a way. Rodyrgo Goes got the ball and then a peach cross sent Karim Benzema to tuck home to save his side again. Karim Benzema stepped up to take a free kick, and even the seasoned goalkeeper would shudder at it.
Substitute goalkeeper Leandro Cabrera didn’t have a chance at a free kick and his footwork wobbled when Benzema slotted his shot into the near corner, adding some gloss to the scoreline.
Madrid eventually won with an overall 3-1 victory thanks to two late goals from Karim Benzema and the team’s incredible energy. Carlo Ancelotti analyzed the match:
“we won the game because we had more energy than our opponents on the pitch. We have the energy of Camavingaundefined Rodrigoundefined Valverde or Vinicius.”