Spanish La Liga
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Real Madrid 3-0 Villarreal

Karim Benzema
Real Madrid striker Benzema has scored more opening goals than any other player in La Liga this season

Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga by comfortably beating fourth-placed Villarreal at the Bernabeu.

Striker Karim Benzema instinctively headed Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo's parry back into an empty net to give Real a 1-0 lead at the break.

Lucas Vazquez drilled in a low second, before Luka Modric slid in to wrap up Real's eighth straight La Liga win.

Third-placed Real are a point behind the top two with four games left.

But there was a late concern for coach Zinedine Zidane when Cristiano Ronaldo limped off in injury-time.

Relive the action from Wednesday's La Liga games

The run-in for the contenders
BarcelonaAtletico MadridReal Madrid
(h) Sporting Gijon(h) Malaga(a) Rayo Vallecano
(a) Real Betis(h) Rayo Vallecano(a) Real Sociedad
(h) Espanyol(a) Levante(h) Valencia
(a) Granada(h) Celta Vigo(a) Deportivo La Coruna

Real knew they needed a victory to maintain their push for a first La Liga title since 2012 after Barca ended their three-match winless run by thumping Deportivo and Atletico edged past fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao.

And they responded with an efficient display against a toothless Villarreal side.

Real had dominated without stretching away keeper Asenjo, finally making their superiority count through Benzema's 27th goal of the season.

Vazquez, given a rare start as Gareth Bale missed out with a slight back injury, took advantage of his opportunity by converting Benzema's neat lay-off after the break.

Real never looked like letting Villarreal back into the game, sealing a routine victory through Croatia midfielder Modric.

Cristiano Ronaldo injured in Real Madrid win
Madrid played the final few minutes with 10 men after Cristiano Ronaldo was injured

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 23DaniloBooked at 45mins
  • 2Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricSubstituted forRodríguezat 79'minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 85mins
  • 8KroosSubstituted forIscoat 73'minutes
  • 18VázquezSubstituted forJeséat 84'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 20Jesé
  • 22Isco

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Pérez Martínez
  • 24Bailly
  • 23Bonera
  • 22Rukavina
  • 8dos SantosSubstituted forGarcía Sánchezat 62'minutes
  • 14Trigueros MuñozBooked at 44minsSubstituted forHernández Cascanteat 73'minutes
  • 21Bruno
  • 18D Suárez
  • 20AdriánSubstituted forCarrilho Baptistaoat 64'minutes
  • 17Bakambu

Substitutes

  • 7García Sánchez
  • 10Carrilho Baptistao
  • 13Areola
  • 26Leiva
  • 27Marín Gómez
  • 29Hernández Cascante
  • 44Iñíguez de Heredia
Referee:
Carlos Clos Gómez
Attendance:
62,085

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Villarreal 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Villarreal 0.

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

Leo Baptistao (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Samuel (Villarreal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured after Real Madrid had used all subs.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Rukavina.

Attempt saved. Denis Suárez (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Casemiro (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Rodrigo (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Lucas Vázquez.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Samuel (Villarreal).

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leo Baptistao (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez replaces Luka Modric.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, Villarreal 0. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danilo with a cross.

Offside, Real Madrid. Isco tries a through ball, but Sergio Ramos is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Eric Bailly (Villarreal) because of an injury.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Daniele Bonera.

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Rodrigo replaces Manu Trigueros.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Toni Kroos.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Daniele Bonera.

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cédric Bakambu (Villarreal).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Villarreal 0. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Foul by Danilo (Real Madrid).

Leo Baptistao (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Leo Baptistao replaces Adrián.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Samuel replaces Jonathan dos Santos.

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Manu Trigueros.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 20th April 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona34254596296779
2Atl Madrid34254558164279
3Real Madrid342464101307178
4Villarreal34179842311160
5Ath Bilbao341661251411054
6Celta Vigo34159104754-754
7Sevilla341310114742549
8Valencia341110134240243
9Malaga341012123131042
10Real Sociedad33118144144-341
11Eibar34118154553-841
12Real Betis341011133146-1541
13Las Palmas34117163846-840
14Dep La Coruña34717104256-1438
15Espanyol34107173563-2837
16Rayo Vallecano34811154666-2035
17Sporting Gijón3488183555-2032
18Granada3379173360-2730
19Levante3377193056-2628
20Getafe3377192961-3228
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