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Karim Benzema continues to score as Real Madrid close in on Barcelona.

FeaturedSports NewsKarim Benzema continues to score as Real Madrid close in on Barcelona.

Goal after goal, Karim Benzema continues to put his World Cup disappointment behind him.

Benzema scored for the sixth time since being left out of France’s World Cup squad through injury, leading Real Madrid to a 2-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday.

“He came back with the same quality,” Madrid coach Carlos Ancelotti said. “He helps us a lot in attack.”

The goal allowed Benzema to join former Madrid great Raul with 228 league goals for the club – second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 311. It also helped Madrid move back to within three points of league leaders Barcelona, ​​who beat Getafe 1-0 in the camp on Sunday. Nine

Toni Kroos sealed victory for Madrid with a low shot from outside the area in the 90th.

Benzema’s sixth goal in six games since the World Cup came with a left-footed volley from inside the area in the 24th minute at San Mames Stadium.

“It’s unbelievable. Karim has been fantastic,” said Madrid defender Nacho. “He keeps helping us with our goals, just like he did last season.”

Benzema won the men’s competition. Ballon d’Or Award After a great season and high expectations at the World Cup, he was ruled out of France’s squad due to a thigh injury suffered in training just days before the team’s debut.

The only game since the World Cup in which he has not scored was in Madrid’s 3-2 come-from-behind win at Villarreal in the Copa del Rey round of 16 on Thursday.

Eighth-placed Athletic edged past Espanyol in the Copa but are without a win in three consecutive league games. They lost the Basque Country derby to Real Sociedad in the previous round.

Madrid had not won a league match since December.

Another win for Barcelona

Barcelona beat relegation-threatened Getafe to extend their winning streak to three matches in all competitions.

Padre scored a first-half winner for the Catalan club, who have won four of their last five matches, including a draw against Real Betis in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in Saudi Arabia, where they led in a penalty shootout. grew up before eventually winning the title in the final against Madrid.

“We didn’t play well but it was an important victory,” Barcelona coach Xavi said.

Barcelona’s Super Cup title saw Getafe players give a guard of honor before the match at the Camp Nou. Captain Sergio Busquets also achieved the honor of playing 700 matches with the Catalan club.

Barcelona beat Getafe despite being without suspended striker Robert Lewandowski, the league’s top scorer. The Polish player was serving the second half of a three-game suspension for disrespecting a referee in a league match last year. Forward Ferran Torres was also unavailable for Barcelona coach Xavi due to a red card suspension.

Padre scored the winner from close range in the 35th minute after being assisted by Rafinha.

Getafe have lost four in a row, including three in a row in the league. The Madrid club have just four league victories and sit just outside the relegation zone in 16th place.

Late penalties for Villarreal

Villarreal converted a penalty kick and missed another in stoppage time in a 1–0 home win over Girona.

Striker Gerard Moreno had his spot kick saved four minutes into added time but playmaker Dani Prejo converted his effort in the 111th minute with the last play of the game.

The late win left Villarreal in fifth place, level on points with fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, the final qualification spot for the Champions League.

Mid-table Girona played a man down in the 78th as defender Santiago Bueno was sent off with a second yellow card.

Villarreal were coming off a 3-2 home loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16, when they squandered a two-goal first-half lead. They beat Madrid 2-1 two rounds earlier in the league, then drew 1-1 with Celta Vigo.

Last-place Elche drew 1-1 at home with seventh-placed Osasuna, the only team left with a win after 18 Spanish league games this season.

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