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On-song Benzema seals Madrid success

Published: Saturday 12 March 2011, 22.00CET
Karim Benzema's superb form continued with both goals as Real Madrid CF downed Hércules CF 2-0 to trim FC Barcelona's lead to four points, while third-placed Valencia CF lost 4-0.
On-song Benzema seals Madrid success
Karim Benzema (left) enjoys scoring Madrid's opening goal ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 12 March 2011, 22.00CET

On-song Benzema seals Madrid success

Karim Benzema's superb form continued with both goals as Real Madrid CF downed Hércules CF 2-0 to trim FC Barcelona's lead to four points, while third-placed Valencia CF lost 4-0.

Real Madrid CF kept the pressure up on Liga leaders FC Barcelona with a 2-0 defeat of Hércules CF that hauled them to within four points at the top.

Karim Benzema did the damage with both goals as José Mourinho's men gave themselves a timely injection of confidence ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider at home against Olympique Lyonnais. The French striker took his tally to six goals in his last three outings by converting Álvaro Arbeloa's cutback on 24 minutes and then finding the far corner after an excellent run down the left 11 minutes into the second half.

Barcelona will look to restore their seven-point lead when they travel to Sevilla FC on Sunday. Elsewhere, third-placed Valencia CF suffered a 4-0 defeat at Real Zaragoza, where Gabi buried a pair of penalties and the visitors lost Marius Stankevičius to a 64th-minute red card. Sergio Agüero also registered a double to twice give Club Atlético de Madrid the lead at UD Almería, only for the hosts to salvage a 2-2 draw that lifted them to 18th, two points from safety.

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ZaragozaZaragoza4-0ValenciaValencia

Jarošík 5, Herrera 40, Gabi 65 (p), 75 (p)

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Real MadridReal Madrid2-0HérculesHércules

Benzema 24, 56

Venue: Madrid

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AlmeríaAlmería2-2AtléticoAtlético

Crusat 49, Goitom 77

Agüero 39, 61

Venue: Almeria

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