Palma (Spain) (AFP) – Karim Benzema became France’s all-time top scorer on Monday after his brace gave Real Madrid a 3-0 victory over Mallorca, sending them 10 points clear at the top of La Liga .

But the Frenchman had to leave late with what looked like a lower left leg injury, giving Madrid a serious headache ahead of Sunday’s Clasico against Barcelona.

Benzema’s absence for the game at the Santiago Bernabeu would be a blow for Madrid, after the striker continued his recent scintillating run with two more goals at Son Moix.

After netting a hat-trick to help Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the Champions League last week, the 34-year-old’s penalty against Mallorca took his career tally to 412 goals, putting him one more. above Thierry Henry in everything. – hourly list of French scorers.

Benzema then made 413 for himself and three for Madrid with a superb header late in the game, only to hobble in obvious discomfort.

Madrid’s sizable advantage over Sevilla at the top of La Liga means this weekend’s Clasico won’t have the significance of previous encounters, although Barca’s recent surge has left some wondering if a comeback is possible. still possible.

Still, there’s no doubt Barcelona would love to mark their progress under Xavi with a win at their fiercest rivals, while a win for Madrid would serve as further confirmation of their dominance this season.

Mallorca had the best of chances in the first half, with the first of them falling on Vedat Muriqi, who fired wide at the far post after a superb cross from Brian Olivan.

Vinicius Junior was Madrid’s biggest threat and he was unlucky to receive a yellow card for his reaction to a high challenge from Mallorca’s Pablo Maffeo, who was lucky not to be sent off.

The altercation also angered the home crowd and Mallorca took advantage, with their best chance coming soon after.

Dani Rodriguez clipped a delicious ball over the top for Angel Rodriguez to run over and the ball fell for Maffeo to carry it just past the penalty spot. Maffeo only had Thibaut Courtois to beat but his scuffed finish hit the post.

Madrid’s momentum late in the first half continued into the start of the second and in the 55th minute they took the lead.

Fede Valverde pressured then robbed Idrissu Baba and while the Mallorca fans wanted a foul, Benzema continued, rolling left towards Vinicius, who had a simple finish.

Vinicius also played a key role in the second, getting out of trouble in midfield and slotting Benzema down the left. By the time Benzema crossed the box, Vinicus had caught him, pushed by Olivan just as he was about to finish.

Benzema converted the penalty to break France’s record, then added another late, heading brilliantly inside the post from Marcelo’s cross. He celebrated by leaping into the air but couldn’t continue for long.


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