Player ratings as late Benzema brace secures win

Real Madrid left it late to clinch all three points as they beat Valladolid 2-0 on Friday evening, returning to the top of the La Liga table.

An open-ended first half saw both sides spurn chances to take the lead, none more though than Karim Benzema, who fired over the crossbar from six yards out on his return to action.

Los Blancos upped the ante in search of a win after the break, but not by enough to break down a now stubborn Valladolid defence. The hosts forced Real wide and limited their chances, while countering themselves as the game drew on. But a late penalty was awarded to Real,…


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