Real Madrid thump Alaves to widen lead in LaLiga
Sports Desk, Feb 19 (EFE).- Real Madrid shook off their midweek loss in the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain with a solid 3-0 victory Saturday against Alaves that extends their advantage atop LaLiga to 7 points over second-place Sevilla.
It was also a good day for the Blancos’ cross-town rivals, Atletico Madrid, who beat Osasuna by the same score just days after losing at home to last-place Levante.
Hosting third-from-bottom Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti’s men had 70 percent of the ball and the lion’s share of the chances.
Even so, the game remained scoreless until Marco Asensio made it 1-0 with an impressive effort from outside the area.
Vinicius Jr. doubled the margin with 10 minutes left in regulation and Karim Benzema converted a penalty in stoppage time.
Earlier Saturday in Pamplona, reigning LaLiga champions Atletico posted their first away win since the end of November at the expense of ninth-place Osasuna.
Joao Felix celebrated his 100th match as a Colchonero with a goal in the 3rd minute.
The hosts fought on, though without creating much in the way of chances until Luis Suarez made it 2-0 in the 59th minute. Conceding a second goal seemed to take the wind from Osasuna’s sails and they shipped a third in the 89th minute to Angel Correa.
Atleti moved up to 42 points, enough to take sole possession of fourth place. The Colchoneros are 3 points ahead of Barcelona, who will be away to Valencia on Sunday. EFE jap/dr