Real Madrid vs Las Palmas: 5 Talking Points
Score: Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palmas
Scorers: Casemiro 41', Asensio 56', Isco 74'
Zinedine Zidane's men had the best chance to get back to winning ways, after being handed their rear twice in successive weeks, as they hosted 19th placed Las Palmas. Well, it's fair to say that they made the most of it as they hammered 3, without reply, past the hapless Canary Islanders.
Casemiro opened the scoring for Los Blancos with a smart header in the 41st minute. Marco Asensio then doubled the lead with a spectacular strike from 30 yards out. Cristiano Ronaldo then set up Isco for an easy tap-in to round up what was a dominant display.
Here's what we took away from the game:
#5. Ben-seems-a bit too awful right now
In the 3rd minute, Ronaldo slipped the ball past the last Las Palmas defender to release Benzema into a one-on-one showdown with the Las Palmas goalkeeper Raul Lizoain. This used to be bread and butter stuff for the Frenchman but he fluffed his lines and caressed it with incompetency, straight at a diving Lizoain.
He could have squared the ball to Isco who was running free on the other side. But you couldn't blame the predator in Benzema for wanting to go all the way by himself.
Later, in the 38th minute, Asensio whipped in a beauty from the left flank to find Benzema, all clear in the middle of the box with no outstretched hands clawing him to the ground. All he had to do was put pen to paper but he refused to oblige and failed to even connect with the ball properly.
If Benzema was clinical, Zidane could have had that statement he and his lads wanted to be written in bold. Real Madrid desperately need a quality striker upfront and refraining from splashing the cash in January may not be the wisest decision.