Benzema, Mendy and Rodrygo left the field touched and without serious doubt for the game against Barcelona on Sunday at the Bernabéu. Two goals from Karim and another from Vinicius sealed the victory in Mallorca.

The Real Madrid beat in Mallorca an intense match six days before being measured Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu. Two goals from Benzema and another of vinicius They polished up the work of their colleagues, which allows them to put ten points away from the Seville in the table. The only worrying thing for the whites, with the Clásico next Sunday, is the muscular discomfort of Benzema and of Mendywho could lose the match against Barça.

Ancelotti pulled from wardrobe in Mallorcawhere Carvajal, Militao, Modric and Asensior did not appear in eleven. The Italian opted for Lucas, Nacho, Valverde and Rodrygo days to be measured Barcelona and after the deed before the PSG. A valley match between two peaks of the white calendar. Of start Kroos assumed leadership in midfield with Valverde in back and forth work. Benzema put to the test Sergio Rico in the early stages. Mallorca came out very plugged in in which Kuboloaned by the Real Madridwas the reference in the attack.

There weren’t many occasions in the first half, in which the atmosphere on the pitch grew more due to friction than to hard play. those of Luis Garcia iban with determination and a hard leg, while at Real Madrid Nacho, Mendy O casemiro they did not wrinkle. It was a game more tense than fun. There was intensity and fruit of that impetus Maffeo He was able to score by recovering a ball in the white area, sending his shot to the post. The game was more uncomfortable than expected for the whites. The vermilion were betting on skipping the midfield with direct football for the enormous presence of Muriqi and the madridistas rolled up their sleeves to keep up with a serious Mallorca at the back and somewhat dense up front.

The second half started with the same scenario. Committed football from the locals and a hard-working Real Madrid trying to be at the physical level of the duel. But Ancelotti had advanced to the wings and the white pressure began higher up. Sanchez Martinez He ended up driving Ancelotti to despair with his sibylline criteria, to the point of reprimanding the Italian.

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And as a result of that higher pressure came the key play in a steal of Valverde a Baba much protested by the locals, Benzema serves to vinicius and the Brazilian overtook the visitors. casemiro could later see a yellow that would have left him out of the classic with the Barcelonabut he was not booked and Ancelotti rescued him by replacing him with Modric. Forced by handicap, the Mallorca pressed higher and spaces appeared. and one against Benzema ended in penalty on vinicius that transformed the French. The problem is that minutes later he threw himself into the Mendy, with muscular problems, and Benzema emulated him moments later. A practical victory for the Whites who, however, may have paid a very high price for the Clásico with the injuries to Benzema, Mendy and Rodrygo.


MALLORCA: Sergio Rico (6); Maffeo (6), Valjent (5), Raíllo (5), Oliván (5); Kubo (6), Baba (4), Sánchez (5), Dani Rodríguez (5); Angel (5), Muriqi (6). Coach: Luis Garcia (6). Substitutions: Abdón (5) for Sánchez (m.67), Salva Sevilla (5) for Dani Rodríguez (m.67), Kang-In Lee (5) for Kubo (m.77), Amat (sc) for Dani Rodríguez (m.77), Grenier (sc) by Baba (m.86)

REAL MADRID: Courtois (6); Lucas Vázquez (5), Alaba (6), Nacho (6), Mendy (5); Valverde (6), Casemiro (5), Kroos (5); Rodrygo (5), Benzema (5), Vinicius (6). Coach: Ancelotti (6). Gears: Modric (5) by Valverde (m.59), Camavinga (6) by Casemiro (m.59), Carvajal (5) by Lucas (m.69), Marco Asensio (5) by Rodrygo (m.70) , Marcelo (6) by Mendy (m.80)

GOALS: 0-1, Vinicius (m.55), 0-2, Benzema, from penalty (m.76), 0-3, Benzema (m.81)

REFEREE: Sanchez Martinez (5).

CARDS: Valverde, Ángel, Vinicius, Lucas, Ancelotti, Raíll and Dani Rodríguez

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