MADRID: Karim Benzema continues to showcase a remarkable performance as he helped Real Madrid beat Spain 1-0 and draw Barcelona to two points at the top of La Liga.
His goal against Valencia is likely to be his best goal of the season and he will also score the best goal when he rejects the ball with heels for Casemiro’s win over Espanyol.
Madrid’s two-point gap, after Barca’s draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday, has been the biggest since February and has put them closer to their second league title in eight years.
“It’s an important victory. I can’t say we didn’t watch Barcelona, of course we did.
“But we have to focus on our own league. There aren’t many games left and every game is final,” Benzema said.
Villareal went on to win the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Valencia.
Villareal is now just three points behind Sevilla who is fourth.