Real Madrid 6-0 Levante: Karim Benzema powers home first-half header to draw level with Raul as the club’s second all-time top scorer before Vinicius Junior nets a hat-trick for LaLiga champions in rout of basement boys
- Vinicius Junior scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Levante
- Benzema scored his 323rd goal to draw level with Raul in goalscoring charts
- The defeat sealed Levante’s relegation after five consecutive years in LaLiga
Vinicius Junior scored a hat-trick as LaLiga champions Real Madrid thrashed basement boys Levante 6-0.
Karim Benzema scored his 323rd goal for the club to draw level with Raul as the club’s second-highest scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
The defeat sealed Levante’s relegation after five consecutive years in the first division.
Striker Karim Benzema scored his 323rd goal for Real Madrid on Thursday night
Vinicius did not get involved in the scoring until it was already 3-0 – Ferland Mendy had fired Madrid in front after 13 minutes having been played in by Luka Modric, and Karim Benzema quickly doubled the lead from a Vinicius cross.
Rodrygo put the game beyond doubt as early as the 34th minute from another Modric pass, and the Croatian got his third assist when he set up Vinicius to score from a tight angle on the stroke of half-time.
The Brazilian tapped in another in the 68th minute and completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time, with Modric again the creator.
Madrid striker Benzema headed home from a Vinicius Junior cross in the 19th minute
Luka Modric set up Vinicius to score from a tight angle on the stroke of half-time
Real Sociedad stayed sixth with a 3-0 win over Cadiz. Alexander Sorloth got the opener from a tight angle in the 19th minute and Adnan Januzaj doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Tomas Alarcon fouled David Silva early in the second half.
Sociedad got another penalty in stoppage time and Victor Chust fouled Portu, who got up himself to convert from the spot.
That keeps Sociedad three points clear of Villarreal, who won 5-1 at Rayo Vallecano.
Although Sergi Guardiola cancelled out Alfonso Pedraza’s early header, Juan Foyth, Paco Alcacer and Pau Torres had Villarreal in total control by the break and Pedraza added a fifth late on.
The Brazilian forward tapped in his second goal and Madrid’s fifth in the 68th minute
Vinicius completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time, with Modric again the creator
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