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Marco Asensio stars as Los Blancos go seven clear

Marco Asensio’s second-half stunner helped send Real Madrid seven points clear at the top of LaLiga with a 3-0 win over Deportivo Alaves.

Paris Saint-Germain has shut them out in the Champions League in midweek.

Madrid struggled to break down Alaves for long periods at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Asensio found a remarkable way, breaking the deadlock spectacularly in the 63rd minute.

A late second from Vinicius Junior ensured earlier missed chances did not haunt Los Blancos before Karim Benzema’s stoppage-time penalty added gloss to a win.

That means the pressure is on Sevilla to trim the gap at the top back to four points when they visit Espanyol on Sunday.

Madrid’s lack of threat in the first half that a lofted effort from Valverde landed on top of the net.

They improved after the interval. However, Fernando Pacheco would have to make a great save to keep Vinicius out.

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However, Asensio ensured Alaves could do nothing to prevent him from opening the scoring in style.

Benzema trickled against the post as Madrid sought to put the game to bed.

But he atoned for that miss as his outstanding build-up play with Marco Asensio ended in Vini’s goal.

The reward for another instrumental showing from Benzema came when he calmly converted from 12 yards.

What does it mean? Home comforts for Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men were comfortably second best against PSG in midweek.

Nevertheless, they limited the damage to a 1-0 defeat at the Parc des Princes.

In Spain, however, they are the field class, with Madrid’s ability to find another gear and win comfortably here further illustrates their position as the dominant force this season.

Marco Asensio finds his range.

Asensio’s goal was his fifth from outside the penalty area this season. Only Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi has scored more (6) from such distance in all competitions across Europe’s top five leagues.

Madrid’s second was more intricate, the move consisting of a 14-pass sequence that marked the third-longest leading to a goal in LaLiga in 2022. Asensio played the penultimate pass to cap a superb outing.

Calmer evening for Carvajal.

Having been run ragged by Mbappe in the French capital, Carvajal enjoyed a more leisurely outing this time around.

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However, he would likely want to have made more of an impact as we advance, with none of his five crosses rated by Opta as ‘good crosses’.

What’s next?

Ancelotti’s side makes the short trip to Rayo Vallecano next Saturday.

Meanwhile, Alaves are back to face another of Madrid’s neighbours, Getafe.

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