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Madrid regains La Liga top spots by beating Cadiz 3-0

 Sports Desk

 Published: 12:33 PM, 22 April 2021   Updated: 12:35 PM, 22 April 2021

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Reigning champions Real Madrid have regained the top position in the Spanish La Liga points table. The Los Blancos topped city rivals Atletico Madrid by beating the Cadiz CF.

Real were a bit out of rhythm early on Wednesday at the opponent’s field. However, with the flow of time, Zinedine Zidane’s team took care of themselves. The Giants of Madrid won the La Liga match 3-0 in the end. Karim Benzema scored a pair of goals for Real and the other was done by Alvaro Odriozola.

Cadiz created the first significant opportunity in the match. In the 12th minute, midfielder Jairo Izquierdo’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Contrary to the trend of the game in the 30th minute, Benzema’s successful spot-kick went ahead of Real. When Vinicius Junior became the victim of foul in the D-box, the referee blows the penalty whistle with the help of VAR.

After a goal, it seemed that Real got their rhythm back. They took control of the match by sending the ball into the net twice in just seven minutes. The team doubled the lead in the 33rd minute with a tidy attack. Benzema increased the cross by cutting one in the D-box. Odriozola scored his first goal in La Liga with a header.

In the 40th minute, Benzema made the scoreline 3-0 with a perfect header after getting Casemiro’s cross from the right side. This is his 21 goals in the tournament. The French forward is currently the second-highest scorer in the league this season. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is at the top with 23 goals.

Zidane made three changes at the beginning of the second half. After recovering from his injury, he picked up Raphael Varane and sent Dani Carvajal who returned to the team after 66 days. After a while, he picked up Benzema and Marcelo. However, neither side scored a goal the rest of the time.

Real have 60 points from 21 wins and seven draws in 32 league matches. Athletico has equal points in 31 matches. Besides, Sevilla, who have played 32 matches, topped to three with 6 points after beating Levante 1-0. Barcelona has dropped to number four with 65 points in 30 matches.