Real win in La Liga, Sevilla keeper scores

Nolito of RC Celta and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid in action during the La Liga Santander match between RC Celta and Real Madrid at Abanca-Balaídos on March 20, 2021 in Vigo, Spain.

A Karim Benzema double has helped Real Madrid tighten the La Liga title race, securing a 3-1 victory at Celta Vigo, while Sevilla goalkeeper Bono scored what he believes is his first and only goal to snatch a draw at Real Valladolid.

Real took the lead in Vigo on 20 minutes when Toni Kroos played the ball through to Benzema with the French striker turning and shooting past Ivan Villar.

Ten minutes later Real had doubled their lead up thanks to the same combination.

Kroos robbing Renato Tapia and the ball running to Benzema who was clinical with his finish - scoring his eighth goal in his past six Real games.

Five minutes before the break Santi Mina headed Denis Suarez' free-kick past Thibaut Courtois to halve the deficit.

However, a goal in stoppage time secured the points with Benzema crossing from the left for substitute Marco Asensio to score from close range.

After the game coach Zinedine Zidane, while glad he doesn't have to share the 33-year-old Benzema with France, questioned why the strike's form is not enough to get him back in the national team.

"How can we understand that he does not go with the France squad? A lot of people don't understand it," Zidane said.

"As Real Madrid coach I am very happy about it. He was very good for the team once again today."

Sergio Ramos missed the game because of a bruised shin but Zidane added: "He will join up with the Spain squad. He just got a knock the other day.

"It will do him good to go with Spain. They play in five days so let's see [if he can take part]."

Real moved past Barcelona into second place and sit just three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Atletico face Alaves on Sunday while Barcelona can reclaim second spot from Madrid away at Real Sociedad.

In Saturday's final game, fourth-place Sevilla dropped two points but it could have been worse at Valladolid.

They would have lost if their goalkeeper Bono had not scored from a corner with the last kick of the game.

Fabian Orellana had given the hosts the lead from from the penalty spot just before halftime.

Sevilla threw everything at Valladolid and with 20 minutes left Luuk de Jong headed Lucas Ocampos' cross on to the post and that seemed like the closest they would come.

But Bono went up for a corner four minutes into stoppage time and when Valladolid failed to clear it he shot through a crowd of players to earn his team the draw.

"I think it is the only goal I have scored," Bono said.

"We have been through a difficult time recently so this counts as a good point for us."

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao's 1-1 draw with Eibar was interrupted during the second half when an airborne drone fell onto the field at the Basque Country club's San Mames Stadium.

Last-place Huesca drew 0-0 with Osasuna.


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