We do not stop Karim Benzema! A double-handed player in Girona (3-1), the French striker clasificated Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey semifinals where the merengue club could cross their rival Barcelona, quadrupled by holding the test, according to the draw predicted on Friday.
In the small municipal stadium of Montilivi (9,200 seats), Benzema scored with a shot at the end of the race (27th), and doubled the scene of a splendid shooting wound from the angle of the surface (43e). Their fourth and fifth quarters in their last three official games.
Pedro Porro reduced the mark for Girona (71) but Marcos Llorente responded with a cross-cut (76). And since Real had won 4-2 in the quarterfinals of last week, he scored his first qualification since 2014 for the last place in the Copa del Rey.
The raffle scheduled for Friday (13:30 p.m. / 12:30 GMT) will now determine if Real and Barça compete in a double classic in the semifinals scheduled in round-robin games on February 6 and 27. Or if they oppose the other two semifinalists, Valencia and Betis Sevilla, and will have to wait for the League classic on March 2 at the Santiago-Bernabéu Stadium to compete.
Meanwhile, the two big names in Spain seem to want to win the oldest trophy in the country: Barça have achieved an unprecedented quintup in their 117-year history, the Real to save a season committed to the Spanish Championship.
Benzema "the magician"
In Girona, the coach of the Merengue, Santiago Solari, aligned eleven with most executives (except Gareth Bale), proof that he took this competition seriously.
Benzema, still shining, proved him well. Renamed "the sorcerer" on Monday for the Spanish sports newspaper Marks after double against Espanyol in the league (4-2), the French again played the illusionists in a half-volley pivot that approached the frame (8th) or a point shot white detained in extremis (15).
Then, former Lyonnais adjusted the goalkeeper after a long walk from the edge of the field, marked with a duel with Dani Carvajal (27th). What about the wounded, very pure wound that ended in the small network in front (43)?
With these two goals, Benzema already scored 17 seasons this season, confirming his status as the main offensive offense from Real since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. And, logically, Solari again exploded at the time of the game in anticipation of the Alavés Sunday League reception.
Meanwhile, the substitute goalkeeper Keylor Navas was also very good and disgusting for the strikers of Girona who pushed in the first half. It is true that he deflected a free kick by Alex Granell who came to the bar (2nd), but was then imperial (35º, 41º, 45º + 1º).
As for Raphael Varane, who remained in a red card last Sunday in the league against Espanyol, caught a full act of authority against the fast attacking Catalans.
It remains to be seen whether another Catalan team, Barça, will be on the Benzema, Varano and other highways. Answer Friday to the draw.