The return of the holder Eden Hazard with a goal of his size, woke up the lost punch of the Real Madrid to unleash the most comfortable win of the course, 4-1 to a Huesca who yielded to excessive punishment of each blow, with a double from Karim Benzema and a goal from Uruguayan Fede Valverde, before facing a Champions League final against Inter Milan on Tuesday.
Still far from the physique that makes him unbalance but with an unquestionable quality, the expected Hazard appeared in the League. Zidane appealed to motivation, qualifying as final the match against Huesca, before one that really is in ‘Champions‘. And what he did was plug in the one that should be a reference. With one of those long-awaited goals for which he was signed and that he had not hit for more than a year Real Madrid.
The faces of the Huesca players at halftime and his coach’s were incredulous. They lost 2-0 after again bringing out an anarchic Real Madrid that lives off the individual quality of its players but could not find reliable formulas in its attack. With phases in which he suffers problems to take the initiative before ordered teams. Moments of little cheek in the one on one. An indecipherable team that was unleashed in the second half. Pure individual talent.
Only in this way is the advantage at rest explained. From the unleashed quality of Hazard and the success of Benzema in the last five minutes. Until that moment that Eden appeared between the lines, he turned and released a left foot with an unstoppable drawing, Huesca had worried from his tactical firmness. With Rafa Mir making the centrals work, always at the limit of the offside, and showing speed to portray Militao but crash his shot on the side of the net. He came to mark Courtois with a chopped ball but the referee canceled it for offside.
Real Madrid lacked offensive rhythm. Hazard and a weary Asensio changed bands without success. The premiere of the long-awaited trident was not greasy on its first day. They played foot. Just a move into space from the Belgian seen by Modric for the ball knocked over the crossbar. Or a header from a footballer who would perform with numbers if he started from 9. Marcelo’s center headed him Bouquets for Andrés’s best stop.
In that risk that the Madrid team runs per game, the side of the coin depends on the inspiration of the rival. Any set pieces can become a penalty. A shot from Ontiveros from the front or the lack of precision by Sergio Gómez, who finished up by throwing himself only at the far post with a good cross, did not punish the doubt.
He lacked the precision that Hazard had in his great goal. So much time without scoring and contributing what was expected when signing a footballer considered among the best in the world, shaped an inner feeling that made him not celebrate. As if feeling guilty for the time that Real Madrid has robbed of its football. The good news of the expected return of the one who must lead, did not come alone. Benzema gave the desired tranquility to think about ‘Champions‘, killing a ball with his chest and shooting across the net.
The attempts of reaction with changes of Michel to the rest were in nothing in nine minutes. Benzema invented and Fede Valverde, free from defensive attention, increased the punishment with his powerful cross shot to become the unexpected top scorer for the Madrid team with three goals.
The rest were already reducing their importance. Beyond the curiosity of Benzema’s reunion with Vinicius after his ugly criticism. The first of Vini ran with rage and gave him the goal without resentment so that the Frenchman failed what he should not forgive. He would retaliate in the last play to improve his poor figures scorers from the beginning of the course.
Zidane took advantage of the wind in favor to grant breaks thinking about the next battle and Huesca found the prize for his effort in the action of Rafa Mir falling to the left side, with a precise center to the final shot by David Ferreiro. Two hard results for bulky before the Real society and Real Madrid for the image shown that they install in the lower area. At the other end the Madrid team is once again located with a new league impulse after the classic.
4 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez (Mendy, m.52), Militao, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro (Kroos, m.69), Fede Valverde (Isco, m.60), Modric; Marco Asensio (Rodrygo, m.60), Hazard (Vinicius, m.60), Benzema.
1 – Huesca: Andrés Fernández; Maffeo, Pulido, Siovas, Luisinho (Gastón Silva, m.84); Mosquera; Sergio Gómez (Ferreiro, m.46), Borja García (Sandro, m.57), Nwakali (Eugeni, m.57), Ontiveros (Javi Galán, m.46); Rafa Mir.
Goals: 1-0, m.40: Hazard. 2-0, m.45: Benzema. 3-0, m.54: Fede Valverde. 3-1, m.74: David Ferreiro. 4-1, m.90: Benzema.
Referee: González Fuertes (Asturian committee). He admonished Siovas (79) and Sandro (87) for Huesca.
Incidents: meeting corresponding to the eighth day of The league Santander, played at the Alfredo di Stéfano stadium behind closed doors.