Benzema’s late stunner lifts Real Madrid

2 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Benzema’s late stunner lifts Real Madrid

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Huesca during their La liga match at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Real Madrid won 3-2. —AFP PHOTO

Karim Benzema scored a dramatic late winner as Real Madrid came from behind to beat bottom side Huesca in a La Liga thriller, reports BBC.

French striker Benzema curled in a stunning finish in the 89th minute.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane started his son Luca, but the 20-year-old keeper was beaten after three minutes by Juan Camilo Hernandez’s well-taken strike.

Isco and Dani Ceballos responded for Real before Xabier Etxeita levelled for 2-2, but Huesca could not hold on.

Real have won both their games since Zidane was reappointed as manager on 11 March and with nine games remaining they are third, 12 points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Huesca made a dream start through Hernandez and the visitors should have been 2-0 ahead, but Ezequiel Avila lashed over from a promising position.

“It was a crazy game,” Zidane said. “It is true that we suffered a lot, but we have to congratulate our rivals. They may be in last place but they played a great game and caused us trouble throughout.”

Spaniard Isco and Welshman Gareth Bale fell out of favour under former boss Santiago Solari, but both made telling contributions to Sunday’s victory.

Isco tapped in the equaliser and it was Bale’s sublime outside-of-the-foot pass which was nodded down by Benzema for Ceballos to tuck home.

But Etxeita levelled for the visitors and it looked like home side were going to drop two points when ex-Tottenham winger Bale spurned an excellent opportunity from close range, but Benzema secured victory in style.

Valencia moved above Sevilla into sixth place after beating their opponents 1-0 courtesy Dani Parejo’s first-half penalty.