Karim Benzema scored his sixth goal in four games as Real Madrid beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday for a fourth successive La Liga victory which took the European champions to within eight points of leaders Barcelona.
The French striker knocked a cross from Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon into the net from close range on the half hour mark, breaking the deadlock against an organised Alaves side who beat Real 1-0 earlier in the season at Mendizorroza.
Santiago Solari's side looked comfortable without hitting...
Borja Baston earned high-flying Alaves a 1-1 draw at Girona on Saturday in La Liga after Cristhian Stuani's brilliant bicycle kick sent the hosts ahead.
Alaves, fourth with 32 points, hoped to put some distance between themselves and European champions Real Madrid, fifth on 30 points, who face Real Betis on Sunday.
However, Stuani's audacious early strike from Pedro Porro's cross sent Eusebio Sacristan's side ahead in an entertaining first half at Montilivi.
Baston levelled five minutes after the...
Jan 5 (Reuters) - Alaves continued their excellent home form by recovering to beat struggling Spanish powerhouse Valencia 2-1 on Saturday, climbing into fourth place in La Liga and boosting their chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.
Valencia captain Dani Parejo gave the visitors the lead with a swerving free kick in the 14th minute but Alaves, who are the only side in Spain's top flight alongside Atletico Madrid to still be unbeaten at home this season, soon...
Atletico Madrid moved level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 3-0 win over fourth-placed Alaves on Saturday.
Nikola Kalinic, Antoine Griezmann and Rodri struck for Atletico in a tight battle, with Diego Simeone's side simply more clinical in front of goal.
Kalinic opened the scoring in the 24th minute, bundling the ball home with his stomach from Santiago Arias's cross for his first league goal since a close-season switch from AC Milan.
Atletico suffered a blow when defender Lucas Hernandez...