Egypt's net foreign reserves rise to $40.2 billion at February-end: c.bank    JICA to continue supporting Egypt's educational reforms to boost women's empowerment, gender equality    Hassan Allam consortium wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    World Bank nods $440 million for enhancing Egypt's railways    Redcon gets an EGP 2.7bn loan from AAIB to complete project at New Alamein    Capital Intelligence confirms Egypt's sovereign ratings with stable outlook    Saudi-led coalition destroys eight Houthi drones: Saudi TV    Egypt condemns latest terror atack in Somalia    Live score: Liverpool v Fulham (English Premier League)    Sisi approves amending law honoring martyrs, victims, missing, injured in terror attacks    Train derails killing 1, injuring 40 in southern Pakistan    Government inaugurates ICT projects in Kafr El-Sheikh    Pope visits Iraq's war-ravaged north on last day of tour    EGX sees strong selling pressure for 5th session straight    Nigeria's Iheanacho, Ghana's Amartey give Leicester win over Brighton    Egypt detects 588 new coronavirus cases, 38 deaths on Saturday    Messi provides 2 assists for Barca ahead of Madrid derby    US envoy seeking support to shakeup Afghan peace process, warring parties object    Al-Sisi, Al-Burhan to intensify efforts towards reaching legally binding GERD agreement    Second large format IKEA Store in Egypt now open at Mall of Arabia    Egypt's Shoukry, UN Secretary-General discuss Ethiopia's Nile dam developments    UK calls on African countries to join UK-Egypt led Adaptation Action Coalition    Al-Sisi visits Sudan for first time after formation of new transitional government    61st Diyarna Exhibition: Showcasing Egyptian Handicrafts    Art House partners with Cultural Development Fund to present theatrical, musical shows    Egypt stresses necessity of launching 'serious' negotiation process to reach deal on GERD before flood season    Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine reiterate call for halting Israeli settlement activities    Egypt clubs protest Football Association decision to cover costs of COVID-19 tests    Yemen's Houthis fire missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah    Messi serves as bright spot in Barcelona's disastrous season    Zamalek ready with striking force against Esperance Tunis    Hassan Allam wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    Egypt launches ‘Closing the Gender Gap Accelerator' action plan    March: The month of celebrating women    Sudan keen to enhance cooperation with Egypt: Sudanese FM Al-Mahdi    Egypt court upholds 3-year prison sentence for Mubarak-era Minister El-Feky    A Happy Purrfect Rescue Story of 4 Cats in Thailand    Egypt's Zamalek arrive in Tunisia to face Esperance in CAF Champions League    Winston Churchill's Moroccan landscape painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M    Orascom Construction to build Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre    Respect for diversity    Huawei launches HUAWEI FreeLace Pro in Egypt with extra-long battery life and top-grade noise cancellation    Enhanced Labs signs Mr. Olympia 2020 "Big Ramy" And His Trainer Dennis James    1st hours of registration for coronavirus vaccine seen 7,000 Egyptians signing up: ministry    King Tutankhamun funerary mask is must-see tourist icon: The Telegraph    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    Coronavirus strikes Egypt's youth team as 17 players, coach test positive    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Benzema's brace sinks Hercules
Karim Benzema's third brace in three games lifted Real Madrid 2-0 over Hercules in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Published in Ahram Online on 12 - 03 - 2011

Madrid remained perfect in 22 games in all competitions at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium this season and provisionally moved to within four points of league leader Barcelona ahead of its visit to Sevilla on Sunday.
With topscorer Cristiano Ronaldo recovering from a leg injury, Benzema's quality stood out in an otherwise uninspiring performance from his team.
The France striker grabbed the lead for the hosts in the 24th finishing off a nice team buildup, and sealed the win in the 56th with a great individual effort.
Hercules started well, but it failed to convert its good football into a goal, and has gone 11 games without scoring away from Alicante.
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho rested midfielder Xabi Alonso and defender Pepe with the return leg of his team's Champions League round of 16 series against Lyon set for Wednesday.
Madrid lacked the creative team attack that was showed without Ronaldo last week at Racing Santander when it played its most attractive football of the season in an electric first half.
Hercules had the first shot on goal in the 10th when former Madrid striker Javier Portillo weakly rolled the ball into the arms of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, and defender Noe Paramot sent a header over the crossbar in the 17th.
But Mesut Oezil sparked Madrid with a pass to right back Alvaro Arbeloa, who crossed low for Benzema to fire in unmarked.
Despite going behind, Hercules did not fold as goalkeeper Juan Calatayud saved a header from Emmanuel Adebayor in the 28th, and Casillas had to make saves to deny Olivier Thomert and Fransisco Femenia before halftime.
Adebayor came close to Madrid's second right after the restart when his header rattled the crossbar before Benzema decided the match.
Benzema received the ball in the left corner, advanced along the end line before cutting back and shooting inside the far post with a beautiful right-footed strike.
Benzema, much questioned during the first half of the season, has nine goals in league play.
Calatayud made a number of saves as time ran down to prevent Hercules from suffering a worse defeat.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid squandered a double by Sergio Aguero to settle for a 2-2 draw at Almeria.
Aguero gave Atletico the lead once in each half, but his team's lackluster defense relinquished the advantage on both occasions.
Almeria's Albert Crusat canceled out Aguero's 39th-minute opener with a volley in the 49th.
The Argentina forward made it 2-1 for the visitors in the 61st, perfectly placing a left-footed shot inside the post of Diego Alves' goal, but substitute striker Henok Goitom headed home to pull Almeria even in the 77th.
Aguero leads Atletico with 11 goals this season.
On Sunday, Barcelona visits Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium looking to equal a club record of 26 league games without a loss set in 1973-74.
Also, it's: Osasuna vs. Racing Santander, Real Sociedad vs. Malaga, Espanyol vs. Deportivo La Coruna, Levante vs.
Mallorca, and Villarreal vs. Sporting Gijon.
Athletic Bilbao travels to Getafe on Monday to close round 28.


Clic here to read the story from its source.