The goal was the perfect response from the French striker after considerable speculation about his future in recent weeks.
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Reports suggested that Real owner Florentino Perez was willing to seek a buyer for the striker after suggestions that his off-field controversies were affecting the club’s brand [Sport via Le 10 Sport].
Similarly, the goal was a perfect riposte from Real, with the fixture came at the end of a bruising week for Real Madrid.
While the Merengues defeated Cadiz 3-0 in the Spanish Cup in midweek, they were ultimately ejected from the competition after the club unknowingly played Denis Cheryshev. The Russian winger ought to have missed the match through suspension after being shown a yellow card in last season’s semi-final while on loan for Villarreal, but he was picked by Benitez—and scored the opening goal—a decision while ultimately cost the Spanish heavyweights their place in the tournament.
Last weekend, Real were far from their fluid best as they beat Eibar 2-0 away, but clearly have found new legs for the visit of Getafe.
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Heading into the weekend’s fixtures, Los Blancos found themselves third in the Liga BBVA table, six points behind fierce enemies Barcelona and two behind city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Should Real hold onto their lead, they will leapfrom Atleti into second place ahead of the weekend’s other games in La Liga.