Real Madrid: Benzema winner against Sevilla eases pressure on Zidane
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Since Zinedine Zidane’s side maintained their unbeaten start karim Benzema’s second-half header earned Real Madrid victory over Sevilla.
Actual, who lost 3-0 on Wednesday to Paris St-Germain within their Champions League opener, climb to ease the pressure.
Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik denied summertime signing Eden Hazard a goal from close-range in the first half.
The hosts had a late Javier Hernandez goal ruled out for offside.
Sevilla – handled by former Actual manager Julen Lopetegui who had been sacked in October after four-and-a-half weeks in charge – collapse to fifth following their defeat of the season.
Following their introduction win over Celta Vigo, successive draws with Valladolid and Villarreal and also a triumph against Levante had left to get a unconvincing start to the year for Real.
That feeling was justified by a significant defeat to PSG, that left a win ratio of 50% to Zidane since returning for a second spell as manager to the end of last season.
Sevilla, many clean sheets from their opening four games and with three wins, provided a stern test of one and character which, finally, Real were able to trash through their way.
In a game of few chances, Vaclik stood strong while Sevilla didn’t land any of the nine shots, to deny Dani and Hazard Carvajal at close-range.
The hosts had seemed to be edging closer to a target when Carvajal’s floated cross was met by Benzema with a powerful header after 64 minutes to score his fifth objective of the campaign.
Substitute Hernandez, creating a La Liga beginning because a summer move from West Ham, transformed from an offside position for Sevilla at the closing minutes as Actual taped a clean sheet April.