Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Huesca, thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Fede Valverde and a brace from Karim Benzema.
Los Blancos were victorious in last weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona, but were at their frail worst in midweek as they surrendered more Champions League points away at Borussia Monchengladbach.
There were no such problems for Zinedine Zidane’s side against Huesca, with a confident performance capped by a fine return to the side for Hazard.
Beset by injury problems, the Belgian has failed to live up to expectations in the Spanish capital – but will look back fondly on this game after opening the scoring with a wonderful long-range effort.
And Madrid were unconvincing for the majority of the first half until Hazard opened the scoring with a stunning long-range effort on 40 minutes to score his first goal for the club in 392 days ago — since Oct. 5, 2019.
It was 2-0 five minutes later as Karim Benzema chested down Lucas Vazquez’s cross before firing into the net from close range.
The pressure appeared to be off the hosts and they added a third through Federico Valverde’s rifled shot into the bottom the corner.
At half-time of Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, Benzema was caught on camera telling teammate Ferland Mendy not to pass to Vinicius Junior.
Zidane claimed in the build to this match that the pair had resolved their issues and Vinicus played in Benzema for a chance to add a fourth, but the Frenchman fluffed his effort over the bar.
Huesca pulled a goal back on 74 minutes through David Ferreiro, but Madrid added a fourth as Benzema finished off after being set up by Rodrygo.