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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


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2M Gaspar
  • 24Bailly
  • 23Bonera
  • 22Rukavina
  • 8J dos SantosSubstituted forGarcía Sánchezat 62'minutes
  • 14Trigueros MuñozBooked at 44minsSubstituted forRodriat 73'minutes
  • 21Bruno
  • 18D Suárez
  • 20López ÁlvarezSubstituted forCarrilho Baptistaoat 64'minutes
  • 17Bakambu


  • 7García Sánchez
  • 10Carrilho Baptistao
  • 13Areola
  • 26Leiva
  • 27Marín Gómez
  • 29Rodri
  • 44Iñíguez de Heredia
Carlos Clos Gómez

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamVillarreal
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Villarreal 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Villarreal 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Rukavina.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Lucas Vázquez.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Samuel (Villarreal).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Leo Baptistao (Villarreal).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez replaces Luka Modric.

  19. 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.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 20th April 2016

As It Stood

2Atl Madrid34254558164279
3Real Madrid342464101307178
5Ath Bilbao341661251411054
6Celta Vigo34159104754-754
10Real Sociedad33118144144-341
12Real Betis341011133146-1541
13Las Palmas34117163846-840
14Dep La Coruña34717104256-1438
16Rayo Vallecano34811154666-2035
17Sporting Gijón3488183555-2032
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