Four days after their wide 6-0 win against Galatasaray in the Champions League, the men of Madrid were close to perfection at Eibar, thanks to a penalty goal from captain Sergio Ramos (20th), a double of the irresistible Benzema (17th, 29th sp), and a last goal of Federico Valverde (62nd).
"Footballistically, it's the best," Zinedine Zidane said of his star striker the day before in a press conference. On Saturday, Karim Benzema, at the height of his career at age 31, again proved him right.
With this double, which puts pressure on Barcelona at the head of La Liga, the French center-forward drowned Eibar, already flooded by the torrential water that poured onto the lawn of his stadium Ipurua Saturday night.
A second double in four days, after that of Wednesday against Galatasaray (6-0) that allows Benzema to exceed a legend of the "White House", the Hungarian Ferenc Puskas, the number of goals scored in the league (157 against 156) .
– Courtois, unbeatable –
Real was in exhibition with helpless Basques. Perfect in attack and rarely worried in their surface, the men of Zinedine Zidane managed to keep their goal inviolate for the fourth time in a row.
With 532 minutes without a goal (the last conceded on 19 October, in the 7th minute of the match lost 1-0 in Mallorca), Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois already tutoie the biggest goalkeepers of the club.
What to forget the whistles he had received against Bruges (2-2) in the Champions League, October 1, where he had been replaced by Alphonse Areola after the break.
The Madrilenians ensured a quiet encounter by bending the match in half an hour, leading 3-0 thanks to the penalties caused by Eden Hazard and Lucas Vazquez, hanging in the surface, and a Benzema achievement, at the conclusion of a counter shot by Luka Modric (17th).
The first goal at the Real of the young 'Fede' Valverde (21 years old), well found by this same Modric at the entrance of the surface, concluded the Madrid recital.
With 15 goals in four games for 10 days, Real lives a dream awake, before the "shock" to come (November 23, after the international break) against the surprising Real Sociedad, 3rd, who conceded the draw 1- 1 Friday against the red lantern, Leganes.
– Tripled for Messi –
Barca, for its part, managed to come out of its nightmare. And can thank his captain Lionel Messi, author of a triplet size XXL which allowed the Blaugranas to win 4-1 and keep the first place of La Liga in front of Real.
The Argentinian, the only Barcelona to survive in the poor Catalan game for a week, was given a new ovation of the Camp Nou, with a penalty (23) and two free-kicks almost identical (45th + 1, 48th) .
With this 34th hat trick in the league, "La Pulga" (the chip, ed) has joined a certain Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the ranking of the greatest number of triplets in La Liga.
After the defeat at Levante a week ago (3-1), and the dull 0-0 offered against Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Tuesday, the men of Ernesto Valverde, who seemed short of solutions, saved the appearances thanks to Leo Messi's three genius paws, and Sergio Busquets' last (85th).
But the game of Barcelona has not been reassuring.
The goal of Lucas Olaza for the equalizer of Vigo (1-1, 42e), also on a free kick at the entrance to the area after a foul by Messi on Pape, has only highlighted the Catalan shortcomings, then blurred by the triplet of the Argentine.
But at age 32, until when will Messi still fly to help his family?