The Final whistle had gone at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. The game ended. But the picture of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos all scolding the Bernabeu crowd beamed to the fore, motioning for the jeers to be stopped and replaced with claps. Why were they whistling? Moreover, Real Madrid had just bounced back effectively from the disappointing 2-2 draw at Levante last week and they’ve done so emphatically with the big board displaying the result as 5-2, Cristiano Ronaldo’s first hat-trick of the season alongside a 48-seconds Lucas Vazquez’s opener and a belter from Toni Kroos ensured Madrid made a pudding meal off another Spanish team that qualified for European tournament last term (Sevilla first capitulated here 5-0). The culprit is long gone into the dugout. Stormed off the pitch in utter embarrassment and disgrace. The culprit…Karim Benzema.
He did what turned the Bernabeu from a bubbling heaven of applause and cheers into a hissing cauldron of jarring boos and jeers. On the last wave of counter-attack of the game, Gareth Bale easied a well measured center for the Frenchman and with only goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli to beat; he skied it into the spectators. That was the clichéd last straw of his profligacy for the immediate fans at the Bernabeu. He’s struck the post in the 6th minute after Marcelo had wrestled ball of Xabi Prieto and played him neatly. He had also criminally skewed another ‘meal-on-a-plate’ opportunity in the 30th minute.
He’s struck the woodwork more than he’s found the net in La liga this season. With paltry 2 La liga goals in 16 matches. To reinforced the point, bar his inconsequential Copa Dey Rey goal at Leganes Benzema hasn’t scored in over 690 minutes of play. He didn’t when Madrid scored 5 against Sevilla, didn’t when they put 7 past Deportivo La Coruna, didn’t when Valencia conceded 4 and also didn’t on Saturday night.
It was expected that Zinedine Zidane would acquire a replacement during the winter transfer window but the gaffer blatantly defended his countryman and was vocal about his contentment with his squad. But it’s not unclear like a flowing stream water that Benzema’s profligacy is a concern. His bluntness in front of goal caused the team in Girona, at San Mames and a duly deserved 3 points when Valencia visited the Bernabeu on a day, according to a local Spanish expression, he wouldn’t have score even with a rainbow in front of him.
He stormed off the pitch into the safety of the dressing room hoping that the whistling would stop but the only way it can stop is for him to start getting goals.
•Barcelona failed to score for the first time in a Laliga match this season as they were held at the Camp Nou by Getafe, the second Liga draw on a bounce for the runaway leaders and Manager Ernesto Valvade said “We were lacking some freshness and rhythm”.
•Antoine Griezmann struck his third goal in four matches and 12th in all competitions this season when the game was barely 40 seconds old as Atlectico Madrid pipped Malaga 1-0 to zip down point difference to 7 points.
Ath Bilbao 0-0 Las Palmas
Real Madrid 5-2 Real Sociedad
Leganes 0-1 Eibar
Malaga 0-1 Atlectico Madrid
Villarreal 1-2 Alaves
Valencia 3-1 Levante
Celta Vigo 2-2 Espanyol
Barcelona 0-0 Getafe
Sevilla 1-0 Girona
Deportivo La Coruna vs Real Betis.