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Benzema delivers breakthrough for Madrid

Published: Sunday 23 January 2011, 23.00CET
Karim Benzema hit the only goal of the game as Real Madrid CF downed RCD Mallorca 1-0 to stay within four points of Liga leaders FC Barcelona, on a day when RCD Espanyol also prevailed.
Benzema delivers breakthrough for Madrid
Karim Benzema takes the acclaim after scoring the only goal against Mallorca ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 23 January 2011, 23.00CET

Benzema delivers breakthrough for Madrid

Karim Benzema hit the only goal of the game as Real Madrid CF downed RCD Mallorca 1-0 to stay within four points of Liga leaders FC Barcelona, on a day when RCD Espanyol also prevailed.

Karim Benzema made the difference for Real Madrid CF as the capital side defeated RCD Mallorca 1-0 to stay within four points of FC Barcelona at the Spanish Liga summit.

With Barcelona showing no signs of relaxing their formidable rhythm on Saturday, Madrid sought a return to winning ways at the Santiago Bernabéu to keep pressure on the champions. José Mourinho's side hardly put in their most fluid performance to see off Mallorca but they ultimately took the points thanks to Benzema, who side-stepped Iván Ramis and buried only his second league strike this term in the 61st minute. Villarreal CF are nine points further back in third after Giuseppe Rossi scored twice in a 2-1 win against Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

Elsewhere, RCD Espanyol continued their push for a UEFA Champions League place by triumphing 3-1 at Getafe CF, a result which leaves them three points behind fourth-placed Valencia FC. Sixth-placed Club Atlético de Madrid suffered an upset, on the other hand, losing 1-0 to David Barral's 51st-minute decider for hosts Real Sporting de Gijón, who climbed two points clear of the relegation zone.

UD Almería jumped from the foot of the table to 18th thanks to a José Ulloa double in their 3-2 home defeat of CA Osasuna and, lastly, Real Zaragoza edged RC Deportivo La Coruña 1-0.

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Last updated: 24/01/11 0.13CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2010/11

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HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

23/01/2011

VillarrealVillarreal2-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Rossi 41, 47

Aranburu 30

Venue: Castellon

23/01/2011

Real MadridReal Madrid1-0MallorcaMallorca

Benzema 61

Venue: Madrid

23/01/2011

ZaragozaZaragoza1-0DeportivoDeportivo

Boutahar 38

Venue: Zaragoza

23/01/2011

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón1-0AtléticoAtlético

Barral 51

Venue: Gijon

23/01/2011

GetafeGetafe1-3EspanyolEspanyol

Miku 14

Luis García 53, José Callejón 60, Sergio García 64

Venue: Madrid

23/01/2011

AlmeríaAlmería3-2OsasunaOsasuna

Carlos García 8, Ulloa 11, 55

Aranda 24, Lekić 90+2

Venue: Almeria

22/01/2011

ValenciaValencia4-3MálagaMálaga

Mata 16 (p), Soldado 53, Éver Banega 67, Aduriz 90

Rondón 10, 35, Baptista 79

Venue: Valencia

22/01/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona3-0RacingRacing

Pedro Rodríguez 2, Messi 33 (p), Iniesta 56

Venue: Barcelona

22/01/2011

SevillaSevilla4-1LevanteLevante

Escudé 39, Luís Fabiano 28, 43 (p), 68

Xisco Muñoz 58

Venue: Sevilla

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