Benzema powers Real to second in La Liga: Records broken
Veteran Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema produced a scintillating display as his brace helped Los Blancos rise to second in La Liga. Benzema was involved in all three goals as Real beat Celta Vigo 3-1. They are now three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand. Real mid-fielder Toni Kroos had an impressive game. Here we present the records broken.
Benzema has hit a purple patch at the right time. The Frenchman latched on to Kroos' threaded pass to turn his marker and clinically finish into the bottom corner. His second was a left-footed shot driven home after Kroos dispossessed defender Renato Tapia. Santi Mina's powerful header saw Celta pull one back before Marco Asensio added the third in injury-time.
Benzema has scored for a sixth consecutive game in all competitions. He has amassed eight goals in these six games. The 33-year-old striker has 17 La Liga goals this season (third-highest), besides registering six assists. He has scored 23 goals in 32 games across competitions this season. He has raced to 272 goals for Real in 545 matches.
Benzema has scored 186 La Liga goals. He has equaled the tally of former Real Madrid legend Santillana. As per Opta, Benzema has been involved in more away goals than any other player in La Liga this season (13). He has eight goals and five assists. Benzema's eight goals in six games has seen him equal his previous record between January and February 2016.
Toni Kroos now has eight assists in La Liga this season. This is the joint-best tally alongside Marcos Llorente and Iago Aspas. Kroos has also hit double digits in terms of goal involvements (10).