KARIM BENZEMA

  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores five as Real Madrid hammer Granada 9-1 April 5, 2015

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in Real Madrid's 9-1 drubbing of second-from-bottom Granada on Sunday which took Real to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona. Portugal forward Ronaldo struck three times in eight minutes after Gareth Bale...
  • Barcelona's 'MNS' is better than Real Madrid's 'BBC', says Neymar March 11, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona's Neymar reckons the club's forward line, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, is superior to Real Madrid's attacking trio, fanning debate over whose is best. On recent form, Barca's South Americans, known in Spain as 'MNS', have the edge over Real's European strike-force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim...
  • La Liga: Ronaldo scores to help Real Madrid win 2-0 at Elche, extend lead February 23, 2015

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win at Elche on Sunday, as the Spanish league leaders capitalised on Barcelona's stumble to increase their advantage to four points. Madrid grasped the opportunity Barcelona had presented them with after a 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga...
  • La Liga: Isco, Benzema score as Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 February 15, 2015

    Real Madrid needed goals from Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Karim Benzema to beat a determined Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 Saturday and ensure they remained Spanish league leader. Eager to make up for its humiliating 4-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the last round, Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both hit...
  • La Liga: Atletico thrash Real 4-0 in Madrid derby February 7, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid thrashed crosstown rival Real Madrid 4-0 in a dominant derby performance on Saturday that threw open the Spanish league title race. The defending champion set the tone from the start as Tiago Cardoso and substitute Saul Niguez scored early before Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic sealed Atletico's most...
  • Karim Benzema brace helps Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-1 January 31, 2015

    Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad 4-1 on Saturday without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to ensure they remained top of the Spanish league. Sociedad defender Aritz Elustondo headed in his first goal for the Basque club 36 seconds into the match. But James Rodriguez headed the hosts level...
  • Real Madrid coast into Club World Cup final December 17, 2014

    Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scored to help Real Madrid coast past Mexico's Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday for a place in this weekend's Club World Cup final against Argentina's San Lorenzo or New Zealand's Auckland City. Sergio Ramos scored in the 15th minute and Benzema in the 36th. Bale added...
  • La Liga: Benzema, Bale on target as ten-man Real Madrid beat Malaga November 30, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo turned playmaker to help Real Madrid set a club record with their 16th consecutive victory across all competitions by winning 2-1 at Malaga on Saturday in the Spanish league. Ronaldo saw his own unprecedented start to the domestic campaign end as he failed to find the net for...
  • La Liga: Real Madrid thrash Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to stay at top November 9, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored again as Real Madrid stayed at the top of the table on Saturday. Madrid stayed two points ahead of Barcelona by routing Rayo Vallecano 5-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu for their 13th straight victory in all competitions. Ronaldo polished off the lopsided win with his league-leading 18th goal and...
  • Real Madrid's Karim Benzema turning Bernabeu boos into cheers November 5, 2014

    Karim Benzema has endured his share of whistling from Real Madrid's demanding fans in recent years but the France forward appears to have finally won over the Bernabeu after netting another Champions League goal on Tuesday. Benzema was given a standing ovation by the Real faithful when he was taken off...
  • Brendan Rodgers defends team changes after defeat in Madrid November 5, 2014

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defended his team selection for Tuesday's 1-0 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, saying his side deserved more from the game after what he called "an excellent performance". Rodgers made a host of changes from the side that lost to Newcastle United in the Premier League at...
  • Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 to reach knockout round November 5, 2014

    Holders Real Madrid breezed into the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare when a Karim Benzema strike secured a 1-0 win in their Group B match at home to a toothless Liverpool on Tuesday. Benzema clipped a Marcelo cross high into the net from close range...
  • El Clasico: Real Madrid come from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 October 25, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid's 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling "clasico" match on Saturday in the Spanish league that handed the visitors their first loss of the season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game...
  • Champions League: Ronaldo, Benzema lead Real Madrid to 3-0 win at Liverpool October 23, 2014

    Liverpool: Cristiano Ronaldo's 70th Champions League goal and a double from Karim Benzema guided Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Liverpool as the reigning champions notched a third straight victory in Group B on Wednesday. All the goals came in a devastating 18-minute spell in the first half at Anfield,...
  • Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to miss Levante clash October 17, 2014

    Barcelona: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will miss Saturday's La Liga clash at Levante due to flu, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. The French hitman will be given time to recover ahead of two important matches away to Liverpool in the Champions League next Wednesday followed by the weekend 'Clasico'...
  • Benzema shines as France beat Portugal 2-1 in friendly October 12, 2014

    Paris: Fernando Santos began his reign at the helm of Portugal with a 2-1 loss at Euro 2016 host France in a friendly while Denmark salvaged a 1-1 draw in Albania in qualifying on Saturday. Striker Karim Benzema scored at Stade de France after only three minutes for his 25th international...
  • Ronaldo nets hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Athletic Bilbao 5-0 October 6, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo had another hat trick to extend his scoring streak to eight consecutive games and lead Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday. It was Ronaldo's second treble to go with one four-goal game already this season and gave the Ballon d'Or...
  • Karim Benzema's late goal helps Real Madrid win 2-1 at Ludogorets October 2, 2014

    Sofia: Real Madrid needed a 77th-minute goal from substitute Karim Benzema for a 2-1 comeback win at Champions League newcomer Ludogorets on Wednesday, after Cristiano Ronaldo missed one penalty before making amends with a second spot kick. Ludogorets, unfazed by the star-studded visitors in its first home game in Europe's top-tier...
  • Spain's rebuilding off to bad start after 10 loss to France September 5, 2014

    Paris: Spain's rebuilding following their shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start, failing even to manage a shot on target as France coasted to a 10 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and...
  • Karim Benzema extends contract with Real Madrid through 2019 August 7, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid says France striker Karim Benzema has agreed to extend his contract with the European champions to the end of the 201819 season. The 26yearold Benzema's previous contract expired in June 2015. Benzema joined Madrid in 2009 from French club Lyon. He has scored 111 goals in 235 games for Madrid,...
  • The Beautiful Game: Germany knock France out of World Cup July 5, 2014

    Mat Hummels scored in the 13th minute to help Germany beat France in the quarterfinal of the World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Hyped France attack fails to deliver July 5, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Despite the hype about its attacking flair, France failed to deliver the goals in the World Cup quarterfinals. The 1998 champions lacked conviction going forward after missing two early opportunities and eventually lost to Germany 10 on Friday. Karim Benzema, who scored three goals in France's opening two matches,...
  • The Beautiful Game: Clash of the champions July 4, 2014

    As the World Cup hits business end, Germany and France meet at the Maracana, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the second round that exposed frailties in both teams....
  • World Cup, France v Germany Quarterfinal: as it happened July 4, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the quarterfinal match between France and Germany at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) A European presence in the World Cup semifinals is assured as Germany and France meet at the Maracana, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the...
  • World Cup 2014: France, Germany meet in allEurope quarterfinal July 4, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: A European presence in the World Cup semifinals is assured as Germany and France meet at the Maracana on Friday, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the second round that exposed frailties in both teams. Contesting a quarterfinal for the ninth straight World Cup, the Germans will...
  • World Cup 2014: Difficult to predict but Germany, Netherlands look sureshot semifinalists July 3, 2014

    It's time for predictions. All the top teams have made it to the quarters. The road to the semi finals is full of speed bumps and potholes and the team that negotiates these tight curves and bends best will reach the top four. Ahead of the epic clashes, we pick...
  • World Cup 2014: Loew's Germany face acid test against old rivals France July 3, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Underfire Germany face rejuvenated France in Friday's's World Cup quarterfinal at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium in a mouthwatering clash of two European powerhouses. This represents an acid test for Germany coach Joachim Loew with his side heavily criticised for belowpar performances in this edition. A...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, France vs Nigeria, Round of 16 June 30, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from match five of the round of 16 played between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The pace and power of Nigeria's attack will give France's defence their biggest test of the World Cup so far when...
  • World Cup 2014: France top Group E after Ecuador draw, play Nigeria in Round of 16 June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: France drew 00 with 10man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament. In the other final Group E game, Switzerland defeated 30 Honduras to finish in second place and join France...