Casemiro
Casemiro’s goal was his fourth for Real Madrid this season and his third in six matches

Goals from Casemiro and Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a win over Granada to take them level on points with leaders Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

After a poor first half, Real took the lead when Casemiro headed in from Marco Asensio’s cross from the left.

Benzema sealed the victory in second-half injury time with a low strike from 20 yards out for his eighth La Liga goal of the season.

Granada’s best chance fell to Antonio Puertas but he shot over early on.

That chance came after only 28 seconds when, after Real had kicked off, Raphael Varane lost possession and ex-Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado set up Puertas, but, unmarked, he fired wastefully over.

The one negative for Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid was a first-half injury to Rodrygo that saw the 19-year-old Brazilian winger carried off on a stretcher with a hamstring injury.

This was their sixth successive win in all competitions and their fifth in a row in La Liga to join leaders Atletico on 32 points, although Real have played two games more than their city rivals.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Courtois
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 81mins
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 23Mendy
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forIscoat 78′minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 17VázquezBooked at 17minsSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 78′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 25RodrygoSubstituted forAsensioat 38′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Militão
  • 6Nacho
  • 7E Hazard
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 18Jovic
  • 19Odriozola
  • 20Vinícius Júnior
  • 21Ødegaard
  • 22Isco
  • 24Mariano

Granada

  • 1Dantas da Silva
  • 2FoulquierBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMarín Ruizat 73′minutes
  • 20VallejoSubstituted forSánchezat 84′minutes
  • 22Coutinho Meneses Duarte
  • 15Neva
  • 8EtekiSubstituted forSuárezat 63′minutes
  • 10Rodríguez Díaz
  • 21Herrera
  • 5Milla
  • 24KenedySubstituted forSoroat 63′minutes
  • 9SoldadoSubstituted forMolinaat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pérez
  • 6Sánchez
  • 7Suárez
  • 12Azeez
  • 13Escandell
  • 17Marín Ruiz
  • 23Molina
  • 26Soro
  • 28Sanchez
  • 35Santos da Costa

Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Granada CF 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Granada CF 0.

  3. Goal! Real Madrid 2, Granada CF 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isco following a fast break.

  4. Attempt missed. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

  5. Attempt blocked. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Quini.

  7. Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Asensio.

  8. Attempt missed. Germán Sánchez (Granada CF) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luis Milla with a cross following a set piece situation.

  9. Hand ball by Isco (Real Madrid).

  10. Hand ball by Isco (Real Madrid).

  11. Attempt missed. Yangel Herrera (Granada CF) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Quini with a cross.

  12. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Foul by Luis Milla (Granada CF).

  14. Substitution, Granada CF. Germán Sánchez replaces Jesús Vallejo.

  15. Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  16. Yangel Herrera (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  19. Carlos Neva (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Federico Valverde.

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