5 things that have happened since Karim Benzema last scored in La Liga
The bigger you are, the harder you fall. And harder it is for the fans to witness the fall. But Karim Benzema hasn't just fallen off his perch, he's fallen hard; drowning into the depths of despair week after week in what has been an unthinkably woeful period for him in front of goal.
The Frenchman is, no doubt, enduring the toughest days of his career, as a return of solitary goal in the last three and a half months would suggest. But what's worse is he isn't showing any signs of overcoming them.
Benzema continues to lead the charge in important games for Real Madrid and is also ably supported by his team-mates. But whenever the former Lyon forward tries his luck, the ball just doesn’t seem to go in. Especially in La Liga, where he’s struck just twice all season and none since 25th November 2017.
A lot of events have transpired in football since then. Here’s a look at the top 5 of them:
#5 Benevento picked up their first pair of victories in Serie A
The season of 2017/18 in the Italian top-flight has two major significance pertaining to Benevento – the Campania outfit graced the league for the very first time in its history, and in the meantime, Benevento also recorded the worst ever start to Serie A by a debut team when it lost the opening 14 games of the season!
Never had a team gotten off to a more terrible beginning in their maiden expedition in the top-tier, but Benevento soon picked up their first point when it held AC Milan at the death to claim a famous point.
Another three defeats followed in the aftermath, as there was no trace of light in the horizon. But in the final game of 2017, Benevento hosted struggling counterparts Chievo, and Massimo Coda’s strike earned a historic victory; their first in Serie A.
The minnows soon followed that up in the New Year with a 3-2 defeat of Sampdoria in the first game of 2018, again at home, but did little to quell the prospects of a relegation as they lost the next four on the trot to remain rotted at the bottom of the table.