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Jan 23, 2021 at 8pm UK at Mendizorroza, Vitoria, Basque Country
AlavesAlaves
1-4
Real MadridReal Madrid
Joselu (59')
Navarro (10'), Garcia (49'), Laguardia (79'), Sainz (85'), Mendez (90+2')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Casemiro (15'), Benzema (41', 70'), Hazard (45+1')
Militao (59'), Mendy (86'), Benzema (88')

Result: Karim Benzema nets brace as Real Madrid cruise past Alaves

Result: Karim Benzema nets brace as Real Madrid cruise past Alaves
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Casemiro and Eden Hazard were also on target.

Karim Benzema notched a brace as Real Madrid bounced back after their cup humiliation with a 4-1 LaLiga victory at Alaves.

Three days on from the embarrassing Copa del Rey loss to third-tier Alcoyano, Real scored three times in the first half at Mendizorroza, with Casemiro heading in the opener in the 15th minute.

Benzema added a fierce 41st-minute strike having been teed up by Eden Hazard, who then slotted in the third moments later.

Joselu reduced the deficit with a header just prior to the hour mark before Benzema struck his second in the 70th minute.

It was a first win in four games in all competitions for Real, whose boss Zinedine Zidane was absent from the contest after testing positive for coronavirus.

The result leaves the second-placed defending champions – now unbeaten in nine league outings – four points behind Atletico Madrid, having played two games more. Atletico are in action on Sunday, hosting Valencia.

Alaves made a bright start, with Joselu and Martin Aguirregabiria seeing efforts go off target before Benzema had a shot blocked at the other end.

Casemiro – one of only two survivors in the Real starting line-up from the Alcoyano match – then put the visitors in front, heading past Fernando Pacheco as he connected with a Toni Kroos corner.

Hazard went close with a shot around the half-hour, then produced a clever flick to set up Benzema's goal towards the end of the half.

The Belgian subsequently netted the third soon after, latching on to Kroos' pass and sending a finish beyond Pacheco.

Alaves made another strong start after the break and after Joselu had brought a good save out of Thibaut Courtois, he beat him with a header from Lucas Perez's corner.

Real, though, restored their three-goal cushion as Benzema cut into the box from the left and fired a low strike into the corner of the net.

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