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Benzema nets brace in comfortable Real Madrid victory

Karim Benzema hit a double as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-1 win over Racing Santander yesterday.

Even with several players missing - not least Cristiano Ronaldo - Madrid had far too much for their hosts.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored the simplest of openers in the 23rd minute before Benzema added a second moments later.

Pablo Pinillos' awful penalty wasted a chance for Racing to get back into the game, and although they briefly threatened after Kennedy Bakircioglu did get a goal, Benzema quickly ended the threat with his second.

Adebayor missed a late penalty, but Madrid had already done enough to move back seven points behind leaders Barcelona.

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