329 days after tearing his Anterior cruciate ligament, Marco Asensio returned to put in a Man of the Match performance for Real Madrid against Valencia.
• Marco Asensio returns with a MOTM performance for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid star, Marco Asensio came off at the back of a long injury lay off to score and assist a goal as Real Madrid decimated Valencia at Estadio Di Stefano.
After a shaky first half, which saw Valencia grab a goal that was later cancelled for offside, Real Madrid turned on the music in the second half to dismantle Valencia at home.
Belgian star, Eden Hazard and Karim Bemzema combined beautifully to give Los Blancos a 61st minute lead, the French strikers 19th goal of the season, and 13th in Laliga.
With less than 20 minutes left to play, Zinedine Zidane subbed on Marco Asensio for Federico Valverde, and the Spanish attacker who has been injured since May 2019, delivered immediately with his very first touch.
Left Back, Ferland Mendy exhumed powerful strength to keep ball in play from the left win, before picking out Asensio in the box, for a one time volley that went past Cillessen– who had been brilliant in goal.
In the 86th minute, defensive midfielder, Casemiro dispossessed Valencia in the most dominant way possible, and initated a counter attack which moved from Toni Kroos to Asensio.
The 24 year-old teed up Benzema, who sumptuously controlled the ball before scoring a goal of the season contender to put the game to rest.
A dominant display from Real and their attackers, as Karim Benzema became the 5th all time top scorer (243) in Real Madrid’s history, surpassing the legendary Ferenc Puskas, who scored 242 times for the European giants.
Marco Asensio, whose game in numbers was highlighted by Squawka, was chosen as Man of the Match.
Marco Asensio's game by numbers vs. Valencia:
100% duels won
100% tackles made
100% take-ons completed
100% shot accuracy
1 chance created
After more than a year out, he's back. 😍 pic.twitter.com/yW13dIpRMo
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 18, 2020
Real Madrid continue to chase Barcelona in the fight for Laliga’s crown with the comfortable win.
Barcelona travel to Sevilla tomorrow, while Real Madrid will be visiting Real Sociedad om Sunday, as the battle continues in Laliga Santander.