Asensio assault sees Real dismantle Mallorca
Real Madrid extended their incredible unbeaten run in La Liga to 24 games with a superb 6-1 win over Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu. Marco Asensio was the standout star, scoring his first hat-trick for the club to send Real top of the league. Asensio assault sees Real dismantle Mallorca.
After contributing to six goals in his last two La Liga games prior to kick off, Karim Benzema was on the scoresheet within five minutes, seizing on a poor touch from Josep Gayá, slotting the ball into the back of the net after strolling through on goal. Real’s lead was doubled just over 20 minutes later, when Rodrygo cut in from the left to deliver a ball into the box, which landed at the feet of Asensio, who finished confidently for his first ‘Los Blancos’ goal of the season.
The two-goal lead lasted less than a minute, as the visitors clawed themselves back into the game. Kangin Lee’s direct run went unchallenged by the Real defence, before he finished expertly from the edge of the box past a sprawling Thibaut Courtois. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were quick to wrestle back the momentum, and added a third on the half-hour mark. Benzema was involved again, laying the ball through to Asensio, whose first touch put him in a perfect position to bounce the ball over Manolo Reina and into the net.
Benzema had the ball in the net soon after the restart, latching onto a cross from Rodrygo for a tap-in. After a VAR review, the goal was chalked off for a foul by the Real captain on Joan Sastre as he arrived at the back post. That disappointment was soon washed away though, with Asensio completing a wonderful hat-trick against his former side via a sweetly-struck finish from the edge of the box.
Real’s fifth came through Benzema, when David Alaba’s chipped ball was controlled by the French veteran’s back, before he slotted past Reina for his eighth goal of the season. A sixth followed soon after, as the ever-dangerous Vinicius Jr squared up his defender before picking out Isco for a tap-in to complete the rout.