Karim Benzema

  • Benzema goal gives Real Madrid first-leg advantage over Bayern in Champions League semis 24-04-2014 01:53 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid struck early through Karim Benzema and comfortably held Bayern Munich at bay to beat the holders 1-0 on Wednesday and move a step closer to a first Champions League final in 12 years. Chasing a record-extending 10th European crown, Real were content to cede possession to the...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to 4-3 win at Real Madrid 24-03-2014 03:28 AM

    Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to give Barcelona a 4-3 win at 10-man Real Madrid in an electrifying and contentious "clasico" match that kept the three-way Spanish league title race wide open. The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second...
  • Real Madrid outclass Schalke 6-1 in Champions League 27-02-2014 03:46 AM

    Gelsenkirchen, (Germany): Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals apiece as Real Madrid crushed Schalke 6-1 on Wednesday to all but seal a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Madrid dominated from the start of the first leg match in the last 16, scoring twice...
  • Real Madrid beat Getafe 3-0 to restore three-way tie at top 16-02-2014 11:59 PM

    Barcelona: Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez scored early to help Real Madrid ease to a 3-0 win at Getafe and restore a three-way tie for first place in the Spanish league on Sunday. Madrid's win matched Barcelona and Atletico Madrid's victories on Saturday to keep the trio level after 24...
  • Gareth Bale scores on comeback as Real Madrid defeat Villarreal 4-2 09-02-2014 07:31 AM

    Spain: Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez each scored and set up goals for Karim Benzema in a 4-2 win over Villarreal on Saturday, giving the powerhouse a share of the Spanish league lead after Atletico Madrid stumbled to a 2-0 loss at Almeria. With leading scorer Cristiano...
  • Ribery and Benzema discharged in sex trial 30-01-2014 07:20 PM

    Paris: France soccer internationals Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been discharged of solicitation of an underage prostitute, the Paris Correctional Tribunal said on Thursday. Real Madrid striker Benzema and Bayern Munich forward Ribery, who did not attend their trial, were being tried on charges of paying prostitute-turned-fashion model Zahia...
  • Karim Benzema header sinks Espanyol to put Real Madrid in charge 22-01-2014 06:59 AM

    Barcelona: Real Madrid continued their impressive start to the new year with Karim Benzema giving them a 1-0 victory in the King's Cup quarter-final first-leg tie away to Espanyol on Tuesday. Benzema's 25th-minute goal meant Real have come out on top in each of their six games since Christmas, a...
  • Ribery, Benzema on trial over prostitution 20-01-2014 07:42 PM

    Paris: A trial involving Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is back on track, with the two facing up to three years in prison on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute. The criminal court trial had initially been set for June but was adjourned for...
  • Benzema, Jese put Real in charge against Osasuna in King's Cup 10-01-2014 08:16 AM

    Madrid: Goals from Karim Benzema and Jese led Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Osasuna in their King's Cup last-16 first leg at the Bernabeu on Thursday. Benzema nodded the hosts ahead in the 19th minute from a Luka Modric free kick and Cristiano Ronaldo set up Jese, who...
  • Bale scores hat-trick in Real Madrid's win over Valladolid 01-12-2013 08:28 AM

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale scored three goals and set up a fourth to make sure Real Madrid didn't miss injured star Cristiano Ronaldo as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Valladolid in the Spanish league on Saturday. With Ronaldo out nursing a hurt hamstring for a second straight game, Bale...
  • Stunning turnaround takes France to World Cup 20-11-2013 08:36 AM

    Paris: France reached the World Cup against the odds after beating Ukraine 3-0 on Tuesday, overturning a first-leg deficit with a performance full of pride and confidence after most observers had written the team off. Backs to the wall after a 2-0 defeat last Friday, France started at a frenetic...
  • Fearless France looking to erase bad memories 14-11-2013 08:31 AM

    France need to play without fear in their World Cup playoff against Ukraine to avoid the fate that befell the team 20 years ago when a last-gasp home defeat by Bulgaria cost them a place at the 1994 finals. That was the last time France failed to qualify for a...
  • Lethal in attack, Real Madrid still shaky in defence 06-11-2013 04:38 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid have spent several hundred million euros assembling one of soccer's most lethal attacking units, but coach Carlo Ancelotti is still tinkering with a defence that again looked shaky in Tuesday's Champions League draw at Juventus. With Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales winger Gareth Bale playing either...
  • Ronaldo stars again as Real Madrid edge to 3-2 win at Rayo 03-11-2013 08:09 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid's attack brought one Rayo Vallecano player to tears before their defense nearly spoiled another tremendous performance from Cristiano Ronaldo in a 3-2 win on Saturday. Madrid's victory kept them six points behind Spanish leader Barcelona, but only just as they nearly blew a three-goal lead during a...
  • Gareth Bale hopes to kick on after disrupted start in La Liga 01-11-2013 09:49 AM

    Madrid: Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid fans their first real taste of what he is capable of with two goals and two assists against Sevilla on Wednesday and the world's most expensive player believes he has turned a corner. The 100 million-euro Wales winger's season has been disrupted by injury...
  • Karim Benzema hits back at critics and promises goals 09-10-2013 05:39 PM

    Paris: Karim Benzema hit back at criticism of his perceived lack of work rate, saying he does run enough and insisting that when he starts scoring again the goals will flow. Tipped as a future great when he started his club career with Lyon in prodigious fashion, Benzema is going...
  • Karim Benzema under pressure to end France goal drought 02-09-2013 10:55 PM

    France: Karim Benzema is under pressure to end his 14-game scoring drought with France in upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus. Benzema has scored twice in three league games for Real Madrid, and also set up two goals in Sunday's 3-1 home win against Athletic Bilbao. But he...
  • Whistled Karim Benzema needs to work harder, says Ancelotti 01-09-2013 07:38 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti suggested Karim Benzema needs to work harder after the France forward was again roundly whistled by home fans in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Benzema has blown hot and cold since joining the nine-times European champions from Olympique Lyon in 2009, although Sunday's...
  • Real Madrid beat Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 in Champions Cup 02-08-2013 11:21 AM

    Arizona: Karim Benzema scored two second-half goals to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday in the preseason Champions Cup friendly tournament. "In general it was a good performance from the team," Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "We played well. We had...
  • Ribery, Benzema stand trial in underage prostitution case 18-06-2013 05:02 PM

    Paris: French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema go on trial in Paris on Tuesday accused of paying for sex with a teenage call girl. Bayern Munich winger Ribery and Real Madrid striker Benzema have been under investigation in their home country for more than two years on allegations of...
  • Dortmund beat Real 4-3 on aggregate to reach Champions League final 01-05-2013 02:11 AM

    Madrid: Borussia Dortmund survived a stirring Real Madrid fightback to book their place in the Champions League final on Tuesday when they conceded two late goals to lose 2-0 at the Bernabeu but went through 4-3 on aggregate. Real looked down and out before substitute Karim Benzema scored from close...
  • Real make Barcelona wait for La Liga title by beating Atletico 2-1 28-04-2013 08:21 AM

    Barcelona: Real Madrid continued their dominance over Atletico Madrid by rallying for a 2-1 win at Vicente Calderon Stadium on Sunday. Madrid's win kept them unbeaten against Atletico in 25 straight games dating to 1999 and maintained their psychological advantage over their crosstown rival heading into their clash in the...
  • Man City eliminated after 1-1 draw with Real Madrid 22-11-2012 02:38 AM

    Manchester: As Real Madrid marked Jose Mourinho's 100th Champions League game by reaching the knockout phase with a game to spare, Manchester City again fell short competing with Europe's elite. A 1-1 draw with the Spanish champions on Wednesday ended City's campaign in the group stage for the second successive...
  • Mourinho brushes aside Benezama's complaint 11-11-2012 02:06 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho brushed aside striker Karim Benzema's grouse that he is not playing much first team football this season. In an interview published in French paper, L'Equipe, Frenchman Benzema said he was spending more time on the subs' bench than on the pitch, reports Xinhua. When...
  • Benzema, Kaka help Real cruise past Alcoyano 01-11-2012 08:55 AM

    Madrid: Two goals by Karim Benzema and one each from Kaka and Jose Rodriguez gave Real Madrid a 4-1 away win over third-tier club Alcoyano in the first round of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Benzema headed in after Alcoyano defenders Javier Selvas and Arkaitz Perez failed to clear...