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Karim Benzema fires Real Madrid to victory

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Real Madrid claimed the three points as they defeated a disciplined Granada side through a Karim Benzema headed goal in a 1-0 win.

The Santiago Bernabeu crowd and Real were left frustrated for large periods of the game, including in the first half as Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates could not find a way through the Granada goal.

The 54 minute mark brought the crucial Benzema goal which ended up being the deciding factor for Real in a largely close affair. Granada would have felt disappointed having not at least gained a point.

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Real Madrid came out in typically attacking fashion, controlling the game early on and showing confidence on the ball.

Youssef El Arabi fired a low cross from the byline which almost found a way past the Real defenders with the effort cleared by Marcelo before it found a way to the net.

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Los Blancos did continue to push the away side back, but there was a clear counter-attacking threat from Granada.

No Ronaldo goal

This was evident as soon after Ronaldo was denied a one-on-one chance by Andres Fernandez as Jose Sandoval's team had a goal disallowed as an early attacking run through the chance of a lead away on 20 minutes..

The next ten minutes saw Real frustrated by more efforts from Isco, Ronaldo and Benzema failing to convert, topped with a Ronaldo square ball finding Luka Modric who could only fire his effort straight at the keeper.

Ronaldo summed up his side's frustration before the interval as he fired a high and wide shot over the bar just a few minutes before the whistle was blown.

In a show of kindness from the hosts, Syrian refugee Osama Abdul Mohsen and his son were guests at the match after the pair were recorded being tripped by a Hungarian journalist last week amidst the refugee crisis in Europe.

After what was sure to be a stern talking to from Rafa Benitez at half time, Real surprisingly came out in a similar style to the first half with Granada still not allowing the home side to walk over them.

Again the defensive frailty of Real was evident when Granada fought their way into the Real box, with Isaac attempting a chip over Keylor Navas which failed to produce the required finish.

Nine minutes into the second half and Los Blancos had their breakthrough as Lucas Vasquez floated in a cross to Benzema who had a simple header to finish the chance and provide his team with the 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes passed with Real still wondering how they could break down Granada again with nothing proving successful as Ronaldo fired a 35-yard left-footed shot that left Andres scurrying to palm the ball out for a corner.

The away side continued to show plenty of endeavours as they searched for an equaliser with the Real defence standing tall as Granada had attacking flurries of their own towards the final whistle.

The home side were relieved as the final whistle blew and Benitez's side had claimed the three important points over a tough Granada team that failed to roll over for Real and Ronaldo.

Sandoval's side could certainly take positives from an impressive performance that was only overlooked by the close result to one of the league's top teams.

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