Relentless Real Madrid can nearly contact title after eighth win in a row

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Real Madrid took one other step in the direction of their first La Liga title in three years by beating free-falling Alaves 2-Zero at house on Friday, overcoming a variety of high-profile absences to safe their eighth consecutive victory. Real had been missing three of their first-choice defenders as captain Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal had been suspended and Marcelo was injured however they again confirmed their defensive solidity and recorded a fifth consecutive clear sheet.

Zinedine Zidane’s side got off to a cushty begin as Karim Benzema transformed from the spot in the 11th minute after Ferland Mendy was judged to have been fouled by Ximo Navarro simply as he entered the realm.

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It was the third game in a row during which Real had damaged the impasse because of a penalty they usually sealed the win when Benzema turned supplier and allowed Marco Asensio to faucet into an empty web early in the second half.

Real moved on to 80 points, restoring their four-point lead over second-placed Barcelona with three games remaining.

Alaves in the meantime fell to a sixth consecutive defeat which left them in 17th place, hovering three points and one place above the relegation zone.

It was their first match under new coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz after Asier Garitano was dismissed they usually made a daring begin as former Real ahead Joselu headed against the crossbar in the opening minute and Raphael Varane was pressured to clear a shot on the rebound from Lucas Perez off the road.

The struggling guests still managed to trigger loads of issues for Real’s makeshift defence after going behind, with Scottish winger Oliver Burke forcing Thibaut Courtois into a superb save and later teeing up Joselu, whose shot ballooned over the bar.

Real’s second purpose was initially dominated offside however awarded following a VAR assessment.

VAR also worked of their favour for the penalty, following a week during which Barca’s president and coach raged against how the automation has been used recently.

“The noise about VAR doesn’t hassle us, we will only management the perspective we proceed to point out on the pitch,” mentioned Real defender Varane.

“We are centered on our goal and we’ve three finals left. It was very important to win and it was necessary to maintain one other clear sheet and that offers us plenty of confidence.”

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