Real Madrid rout Granada 5-1

AP, Saturday 7 Jan 2012

Spanish league leader Real Madrid turned up the pressure on Barcelona on Saturday when the in-form Karim Benzema scored a brace to lead its 5-1 win over Granada

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema

The victory extended Madrid’s advantage over its fierce rival to six points ahead of Barcelona’s Catalan capital derby at Espanyol on Sunday.

Benzema opened the scoring at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the 19th minute. Granada equalized three minutes later, but Madrid went on to dominate through goals by Sergio Ramos, Gonzalo Higuain, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The France striker, who scored the winner in Madrid’s 3-2 victory over Malaga in the Copa del Rey this week, has 10 goals in league play this season. 


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