Madrid opened a six-point lead over its Catalan rival, which will host seventh-place Villarreal on Thursday. It was the ninth win in 10 matches for the defending champions. Madrid remains the only unbeaten team in the league. Earlier, the start of the match between Real Sociedad and Mallorca was delayed for about 15 minutes after a Sociedad fan fell ill in the stands and later died. Benzema, who on Monday won the Ballon d’Or award for best player of the year, had his goals disallowed for offside in the sixth and 61st minutes. He also caused a David Alaba goal to be called off for being offside in the 26th.
99 for a whole year. More information on international soccer via the Associated Press:MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema and referee Jesús Gil Manzano looked at each other and started to laugh. The Ballon d’Or winner couldn’t bear seeing another one of his goals being disallowed. He had already found the net twice, but neither had counted because of offside. That third one did, though, and Madrid defeated Elche 3-0 on Wednesday to increase its Spanish league lead after defeating Barcelona in the first “clásico” of the season on Sunday.
All calls came after video review. Benzema’s goal from inside the area in the 75th after a back-heel assist by Rodrygo counted, though, and the French striker could laugh about it after Manzano finally confirmed the goal. “It’s the first time they call off three goals for my team, ” the 21-year-old Rodrygo said.
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