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August 26, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ Javier Estrada‎
Attendance:‬ 16626‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Flop of the Match
Hassan Yebda
Hassan Yebda
Ciudad de Murcia
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid

Granada 0-1 Real Madrid: Early Benzema strike proves decisive

A solitary strike from the France striker was the difference between the two sides at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes

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A 10th-minute strike from Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a narrow 1-0 away victory over Granada on Monday night.

The striker's second goal of the season after nine minutes was enough for Carlo Ancelotti's men to take all three points from their trip to the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.

While Madrid exerted plenty of pressure on Lucas Alcaraz's side, it was made to work hard for its opportunities and could not add to its lead. 

Ancelotti started Alvaro Arbeloa at right back in place of Daniel Carvajal, while Angel Di Maria came in for the injured Sami Khedira.

For the hosts, Diego Mainz replaced Jeison Murillo in the heart of their defense.

The visitors had won their last five games in all competitions and began positively, with Benzema dinking over Roberto - but off target - five minutes in.

However, four minutes later, the France international found the net to give the visitors the advantage.

Di Maria's deep cross found Cristiano Ronaldo in the six-yard box, but while the Portuguese struggled to control the delivery, Benzema was on hand to divert the ball home.

Youssef El-Arabi should have equalized 10 minutes later, but his tame effort was hit straight at Diego Lopez.

While Madrid was content to keep the ball and probe, neither it nor its opposition were able to create further goalscoring opportunities as Ancelotti's men took a slender one-goal lead in at the break.

Granada saw a claim for a penalty turned down 12 minutes after the interval after an Allan Nyom effort appeared to deflect off Arbeloa's arm.

That sparked the half into life, with Isco beating Manuel Iturra on the left, four minutes later, before striking the outside of Roberto's post.

Ancelotti's side continued to threaten, with Ronaldo forcing two saves from the home goalkeeper, but the Italian side had to settle for a slender win.

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Ciudad de Murcia

13
Roberto
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
Allan Nyom
Defender
3.00
4
Pape Diakhaté
Defender
2.50
-
Brayam Angulo
Defender
2.50
5
Mainz
Defender
85′
2.50
20
Yacine Brahimi
Midfielder
85′
3.50
11
Dani Benítez
Midfielder
76′
3.00
-
Hassan Yebda
Midfielder
68′
2.50
-
Manuel Iturra
Midfielder
79′
3.00
10
Piti
Striker
55′
3.00
15
3.00

Real Madrid

3.50
25
3.50
3
Pepe
Defender
36′
3.50
4
3.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
38′ 61′
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
65′
3.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
3.50
22
3.50
23
Isco
Midfielder
3.50
7
4.00
9

Substitutes

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Murillo
Defender
 - 
4
Fran Rico
Midfielder
68′
2.50
-
3.00
-
 - 
-
Mohammed Fatau
Midfielder
 - 
-
Riki
Striker
46′
2.50

Substitutes

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1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
3.00
18
3.00
16
Casemiro
Midfielder
65′
 - 
22
Kaká
Midfielder
 - 
21
Morata
Striker
 - 
20

Coach/Manager

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3.00

Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0