Karim Benzema continues so as to add his identify to Real Madrid’s document books, scoring his 323rd objective to attract stage with Raúl González because the membership’s second-highest scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema netted within the first half of the workforce’s 6-0 rout of last-place Levante within the Spanish league on Thursday, with Madrid having secured the title a number of rounds in the past.
The outcome sealed Levante’s relegation after 5 consecutive years within the first division.
Vinícius Júnior, Benzema’s trusted attacking companion all season, scored a hat trick for Madrid because it continues to organize for the Champions League closing towards Liverpool in Paris on May 28, when it can attempt to win a record-extending 14th European title.
Benzema is now 128 objectives shy of the 451 scored by Ronaldo, who performed on the membership till 2018. Raúl, the coach of Madrid’s “B” squad, performed for the membership within the Nineties and 2000s.
Benzema’s close-range header within the nineteenth minute off a cross by Vinícius gave the French striker his league-leading twenty seventh objective, which is 9 higher than every other participant within the competitors this season. He has scored greater than a 3rd of Madrid’s 79 league objectives thus far.
It was the twentieth objective within the final 15 matches in all competitions for Benzema, who has been key within the workforce’s run to the Champions League closing, scoring decisive objectives in each knockout spherical of the European match — together with two hat methods.
He may have added one other objective on Thursday however unselfishly fed Vinícius the ball for the workforce’s fifth after clearing the goalkeeper inside the world.
“The connection with Benzema has been very good all season long,” stated Vinícius, who now’s the league’s third-best scorer with 17 objectives.
“Karim has had a great season and hopefully he can finish it by winning the Ballon d’Or (award for best player).” Vinícius had netted his first objective within the first half earlier than closing the scoring within the closing minutes for his maiden hat trick with Madrid. Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo scored their objectives earlier than halftime.
Benzema was changed within the seventy fifth together with Luka Modric, who arrange three of Madrid’s objectives.
Benzema, Modric, Mendy, Vinícius and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had not began within the league derby towards metropolis rival Atlético Madrid on Sunday, a sport Atlético gained 1-0 at house.
Atlético didn’t give Madrid a guard of honor for the league champions on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, however Levante’s gamers did on Thursday, lining up by the sideline and applauding Madrid’s gamers as they entered the sphere on the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Valencia-based Levante was within the first division in 14 of the final 18 seasons.
“Unfortunately we were not up to the task this season,” Levante captain José Luis Morales stated, amid tears.
“We have to apologise and try to put this club back where it deserves next season.”
SOCIEDAD IN EUROPE
Real Sociedad defeated Cádiz 3-0 to ensure a spot in a European competitors for the third straight season.
Alexander Sorloth, Adnan Januzaj and Portu scored a objective every for the Basque Country membership, which can play in both the second-tier Europa League of the third-tier Conference League.
Sociedad is in sixth place, two factors behind Real Betis and three factors forward of Villarreal. Betis has already secured a Europa League place by profitable the Copa del Rey, so the second Spanish berth within the competitors will go to both Sociedad, Villarreal or Athletic Bilbao.
The victory ended Sociedad’s four-game winless streak within the league.
Cádiz, which was searching for its second win in a row, noticed its probabilities of escaping relegation diminish with the away defeat. It will go into the ultimate two rounds two factors outdoors the relegation zone.
VILLARREAL KEEPS FIGHTING
Villarreal moved nearer to guaranteeing its personal European spot with a 5-1 rout at Rayo Vallecano.
Alfonso Pedraza scored twice and Juan Foyth, Paco Alcácer and Pau Torres added a objective every for Villarreal, which was eradicated by Liverpool within the Champions League semifinals this season.
Villarreal is 4 factors in entrance of Athletic, which misplaced 1-0 at Granada on Tuesday.