A solitary goal from Karim Benzema spared Real Madrid’s blushes as the Spanish giants moved to the top of Spain’s La Liga with a nervy 1-0 win over Granada on Saturday. Atletico Madrid remain just a point behind their city rivals as Fernando Torres came off the bench to inspire Diego Simeone’s men to a 2-0 win at Eibar.
Benzema grabbed the only goal of the game nine minutes into the second-half with a cushioned header from Isco’s fine cross. Victory moves Madrid a point ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table with the Catalans not in action until Sunday when they host Levante.
Real had to thank goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the three points though as he was in sensational form, as he has been all season.
“Breaking records at Real Madrid is no mean feat, it’s almost impossible”, stated Rafa Benítez ahead of Navas equalling the run put together by club icon Miguel Ángel, who went without conceding in the first four rounds of La Liga action in 1975-76.
Navas’s current run without letting in a goal for Real Madrid is now at 467 minutes, since being beaten by a Christian Stuani effort in the 4-1 win over Espanyol in Cornellà back in May.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone made just one change from the side that won 2-0 at Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, but it wasn’t until he introduced Torres after the break that the visitors took control against the Basque minnows. Angel Correa had only been on the pitch for a matter of seconds before Torres fed him to fire home his first goal for the club. The roles were then reversed 12 minutes from time when the Argentine’s fine through ball was clipped into the far corner by Torres.
Valencia’s stuttering start to the season continued as they were held 0-0 at home to Real Betis. Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is under increasing pressure as his Real Sociedad side are yet to win this season after a 3-2 defeat at home by Espanyol.