27th August, 2018
Real Madrid got a scare early in the match against Girona as the home team raced out of the blocks to a 1-0 lead in a manner that reminded everyone present that Real suffered their first away defeat of the 2017-18 season to this same stubborn team and it looked set to be another difficult game as Borja Garcia gave the home side the lead as early as in the 16 minute of the match.
It took two penalties to revive the game for Real Madrid who then went on to win comfortably. The European Champions have Marc Muniesa and Pere Pons to thank for the “gifts” of penalties which resulted from very careless tackles and were duly converted by Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema on either side of the break.
Gareth Bale was not going to be left out of the party as he scored the third goal for Real in the 59th minute of the game. He has now scored his 150th goal in his professional club career.
Benzema then added “benzin” to the scoreline by scoring the fourth goal for Real in the 80th minute to take the game fully beyond the reach of the home team.
With the goals scored in this match, Benzema has now scored against 32 of the 33 teams he has so far played against in La Liga, netting a whopping 128 goals in the process. The player even scored a third goal in the eight minute of the match but that was dis-allowed by the officials for offside positioning reasons.
However his second goal of the game at least helped to catapult Madrid above rivals Barcelona after two matches of the LaLiga campaign.
The importance of Asensio to this Madrid line-up was once again very clear to be seen the player was always putting himself into dangerous areas and creating all sorts of problems in the opposition box.
His efforts paid off as he twice forced bad tackles from the opposing defenders to win penalties that paved the way for Madrid to garner all three points at stake. This is no ordinary feat as it may look.
For the records, Marco Asensio is the first Madrid player to win two penalties in the same LaLiga game since Angel Di Maria against Athletic in April 2011.
Asensio surely had a terrific all-round performance once again.