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Leganes 1-1 Real Madrid: Benzema the silver lining in another mediocre display

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Karim Benzema scored his fifth La Liga goal in four games, but Real Madrid had to settle for a point against Leganes on Monday.

2018/2019 La Liga


Match Report

Real Madrid missed the chance to get within touching distance of Atletico Madrid as Zinedine Zidane's side were held to a 1-1 draw by Leganes in LaLiga.

Atletico's 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday saw them move five points clear of third-placed Madrid, who had to rely on the in-form Karim Benzema to salvage a draw in a rare Monday outing.

Jonathan Silva's goal had given Leganes a deserved lead late in the first half, but Benzema drew his side level with his 18th LaLiga goal of the season six minutes after the restart.

Youssef En-Nesyri thought he had clinched a famous win for Leganes late on, but the offside flag sparred Madrid's blushes in what was a frustrating outing for the visitors.

Match Events

8' CHANCE! Asensio's shot saved

Asensio nearly makes it 1-0 with a low shot from inside the box. He shifts the ball onto his left foot excellently with a deft first touch, but it's not the best-placed shot and Cuellar claims it fairly easily.

16' CLOSE! Braithwaite heads the ball wide

Braithwaite has just missed a glorious opportunity! Siovas heads a free kick into the six-yard box, but Braithwaite wasn't expecting it and he sends it wide from two yards out! 

45' GOAL! Leganes 1-0 Real Madrid (Jonathan Silva)

Bustinza fires a long throw into the box, Braithwaite gets a head on the ball to help it into the box and shields the ball so that Silva can arrive. 

The defender puts his left foot through it to curl the ball out of Navas' reach. This certainly wasn't in the script!

51' GOAL! Leganes 1-1 Real Madrid (Benzema)

Benzema nets his 18th goal in LaLiga this season, finishing from a very tight angle after his initial shot was saved. 

Cuellar got down low to stop the initial effort from Benzema - who latched onto Modric's through ball - but the Frenchman got to the rebound first and slipped it into the bottom-right corner from a very difficult position.

83' OFFSIDE! Leganes goal disallowed

En-Nesyri has the ball in the back of the net after a lovely finish under Navas, but he drifted into an offside position to latch onto Nyom's through ball and the assistant referee gets the call absolutely right.