La Liga: Asensio & Benzema on the rampage
Real Madrid forward Marcos Asensio grabbed a hat-trick and Karim Benzema struck twice as Carlo Ancelotti’s free-scoring side crushed Mallorca 6-1 at home in La Liga on Wednesday.
Benzema opened the scoring in the third minute and Asensio netted against his old club in the 24th but the visitors’ South Korean forward Lee Kang-in pulled one back moments later with an outstanding individual run and finish.
Asensio promptly restored Real’s two-goal advantage before the break before completing his first hat-trick at club level early in the second half with an emphatic finish, whipping the ball into the bottom corner from outside the area.
Benzema scored for the second time in the 78th minute to make it 200 La Liga goals for the Frenchman and Isco completed the rout six minutes from time to bring up 21 goals for Real from six games this season, making them the top scoring team in Europe’s top five leagues.
Ancelotti’s side have also scored more goals after six games than any La Liga team since Barcelona in the 2013-14 season while Real have not scored as many goals after six games since the 1987-88 campaign.
Real top the standings on 16 points from six games, two ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid. Mallorca are 10th on eight points.
“I knew I had to make the most of my chance so I’m happy with the win, the goals and the fact we were able to continue our great start,” Asensio said.
“I think I’ve shown the manager he can count on me.
“It was a very special game for me as I have a huge amount of affection for Mallorca, the club where I grew up and that shaped me.”
Benzema’s second goal of the game later on oozed class, the Frenchman controlling a through ball with his back before slamming the ball into the net.