Five takeaways from Real Madrid’s Mestalla thriller

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Well, that was close wasn’t it? Real Madrid smashed home an equaliser at the death against Valencia at the Mestalla, courtesy of Karim Benzema. Despite controlling the first half, Real fell behind in the second – here are our five takeaways.

Karim Benzema, God bless you.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid

VALENCIA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 15: Karim Benzema (R) of Real Madrid celebrates a after scoring a goal during the Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Mestalla on December 15, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Morano/MB Media/Getty Images)

Just as it looked like it was over, Karim Benzema stepped up. The Frenchman was a shining light in the absence of Ronaldo and has been the man in Real’s darkest hours in the past couple of seasons. Just as it looked like Real would drop a point behind Barçelona in the league title race, he stepped up to keep us in contention ahead of Wednesday.

At times during the game, it seemed Benzema was the only one who was looking to make something happen. The Frenchman completed a team high of 2 dribbles and made a total of 6 key passes, more than anyone else on the team.

Although, this seems a common script as of late. The former Lyon man has consistently scored and created vital goals for Real this season with 18 goal contributions in all competitions, including creating more chances than Lionel Messi (31 to the Argentine’s 30). With Benzema in such inspired form, he will be key not only to a win on Wednesday but also to Real’s chances of silverware this season.

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