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Hazard scores 1st goal for Real Madrid in 4-2 win v Granada

AP , Saturday 5 Oct 2019
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Real Madrid's Belgian forward Eden Hazard (C) shoots to score a goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Granada FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 5, 2019 AFP
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Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid in a 4-2 win over Granada in the Spanish league on Saturday, answering criticism that had surfaced over his lackluster performances since joining the club.

Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez also scored for league leader Madrid in the win over second-place Granada, the surprising southern Spain club back in the first division after two years.

Madrid, which arrived under pressure after a 2-2 home draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League, opened a four-point lead over Granada and third-place Atletico Madrid, which visits Valladolid on Sunday. Fourth-place Barcelona, five points off the lead, hosts Sevilla on Sunday.

Madrid's top signing since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Hazard scored his first goal with Madrid in a breakaway in first-half stoppage time, sending his shot over Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva as defenders closed in.

Hazard arrived amid high expectations as Madrid paid Chelsea a reported fee of 100 million euros (now $110 million) plus add-ons, making him the club's most expensive signing ever.

The Belgium playmaker missed the start of the season because of a muscle injury and was yet to impress since he returned to action. Hazard was still far from his best on Saturday, but got a loud ovation from the crowd after being replaced by Francisco ``Isco'' Alarcon in the 69th minute.

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