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Benzema assist sees Real Madrid go clear of Barcelona in La Liga title race


Karim Benzema gave a fine assist as Real Madrid took an important lead over Barcelona at the head of La Liga by beating base club Espanyol.

Benzema’s volley against Valencia could be goal of the season and he may now have a edge to best assist too after his splendid back heel teed up Casemiro to complete for a crucial 1-0 win.

Real’s advantage in the table, coming after Barca’s draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday, is their greatest since February and puts them inside sight of their subsequent league title in eight years.

“It’s a very important win,” said Benzema. “I can’t state we don’t see Barcelona, obviously we do. Be that as it may, we’re centered around our own league. There are very few games left and each game currently is a final.”

When Real play at home to Getafe on Thursday they may even get the opportunity to move further clear, if in-structure Atletico Madrid avoid defeat on Tuesday at Camp Nou.

They were fixed by a bit of intuitive splendor from Benzema, who has been the impetus for Real fixing five successes out of five since La Liga restarted on June 11.

“I need to give gigantic credit to Karim,” said Casemiro. “It was a mind blowing assist. We’re utilized to how great he is, I realize the quality he has so I was anticipating something. He heard me requesting it and he passed it in a splendid manner.”