Sunday Mirror

Haz­ard back to Re­al­ity

FIRST GOAL IN A YEAR

- Real Madrid Huesca Sports · Soccer · Paris Saint-Germain FC · Zinedine Zidane · Madrid · Karim Benzema

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EDEN HAZ­ARD’S first goal for more than a year sent Real Madrid back to the top of La Liga with a crush­ing win over Huesca.

The Bel­gian for­ward has spent an in­jury-hit spell at Real but the for­mer Chelsea star set the hosts on their way.

And Haz­ard earned praise from Zine­dine Zi­dane, who hopes only his sec­ond game in 24 for the club can kick-start his stut­ter­ing Real ca­reer,

The Madrid boss said: “I’m very happy to see Haz­ard score his first goal of the sea­son.

“Bit by bit he is get­ting back to his best. We needed him be­cause he opened the game up with his goal. You could see the qual­ity that he has link­ing up with other play­ers.

“Haz­ard played well and with no phys­i­cal re­ac­tion. It was a few min­utes the other day and now an hour. We must be pa­tient with him, but we know what a player he is.”

Real, who had lost their pre­vi­ous two home fix­tures, made a slow start and were for­tu­nate not to fall be­hind against a Huesca side with­out a league win this sea­son.

But Haz­ard made the break­through with a su­perb left- foot shot into the left cor­ner in the 40th minute.

And once Huesca’s re­sis­tance was bro­ken, Karim

Ben­zema struck again on the stroke of half-time.

Zi­dane’s side were sparked into life as Ben­zema’s neat left­foot fin­ish ex­tended their lead.

The pair then com­bined to lay on the third for Fed­erico Valverde in the 54th minute

David Fer­reiro tapped in for a con­so­la­tion as Real con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate, with Ben­zema round­ing off the scor­ing with a header af­ter Fer­reiro’s tap-in.

Zi­dane added: “It was im­por­tant to add goals to this per­for­mance.

“Th­ese are three im­por­tant points. We have come into this from two games where we left a lot of en­ergy.”

 ??  ?? Haz­ard cel­e­brates with Ben­zema, who also scored (left)
Haz­ard cel­e­brates with Ben­zema, who also scored (left)

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