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Real Madrid held 1-1 by Leganes

Real Madrid held 1-1 by Leganes
Players of Real Madrid and Leganes fight for the ball during their La Liga match.
Madrid, Apr 16 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/16/2019 12:31:26 PM IST

Real Madrid took the Monday night slot reserved for La Liga’s lower teams and never really looked out of place as Karim Benzema’s goal was enough only for a 1-1 draw away to Leganes.

Madrid delivered another thoroughly underwhelming performance at Butarque to remain 13 points adrift of Barcelona. Leganes might even have won the game after Jonathan Silva gave them the lead shortly before half time and while Benzema scored his 26th goal of the season, the visitors never looked like finding a winner.

Benzema has been, by a distance, Madrid’s most consistent player this season and he showed again why Zidane has already said the striker will stay. 

Chances were few and far between in the first half but Madrid could twice have taken the lead as Marco Asensio scuffed his finish after being put through by Isco and Raphael Varane’s shot was blocked after a goalline scramble.

Leganes, though, were otherwise rarely made to feel uncomfortable and shortly before half time they took the lead. Real Madrid defenders failed to clear, instead allowing Martin Braithwaite to roll back to Silva, who guided the ball into the corner.

Zidane strode down the tunnel at half time and his team emerged with greater purpose afterwards, with Benzema finding an equaliser six minutes in. Casemiro threaded a neat ball through to Luka Modric, who twisted and set free Benzema. His first shot was pushed out by Pichu Cuellar but only back to Beznema, who fired in the rebound.

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